19 Aug 2013

Emory University Hacked Again, Users Urged to Change Passwords

Users of the Emory University network are urged to change their passwords after the Georgia-based education center got hacked again, according to a security alert. The University is investigating the breach of its IT infrastructure, which it considers similar to other hacking incidents of academic institutions and large organizations.

“We are working closely with information security consultants and law enforcement to determine the source and impact of this breach,” Enterprise Chief Information Officer Rich Mendola said.

“We are not aware at this time of any protected health information or Social Security numbers being compromised. We do not have any indication at this time that Emory Healthcare IT systems have been affected.”

The University advised users to also change passwords of their personal accounts used for banking and online payments if they had the same credentials. The academic institution blocks millions of hacking attempts on its information systems each day.

This is not the first time when hackers managed to breach the Emory University infrastructure. In April last year, over 315,000 users were exposed to identity theft after the education center lost ten backup discs containing information on their Healthcare customers. Four months after, the University of South Carolina suffered a similar breach that resulted in 34,000 compromised accounts.