Consumer Fraud

Auburn University reports a data breach; about 14,000 students and staff affected

auburn university logo Auburn University reports a data breach; about 14,000 students and staff affectedNearly 14,000 students and staff are now the victims of yet another data breach, this time occurring at Auburn University.

The compromised files could have been accessed through the College of Business server between Oct. 21 and Nov. 21, a statement from Auburn University indicated. The FBI and an outside forensics team are currently examining the situation to see who and what were affected.

Auburn will begin notifying those believed to be affected by the data breach by mail. Free credit protection monitoring will also be provided through Experian ProtectMyID to those being notified.

Bill Hardgrave, the Dean of the College of Business, released the following statement:

“We truly regret the inconvenience and concern that this cyber attack may cause to our college’s constituents. We take this incident very seriously and hope that the FBI investigation provides answers. The vulnerable server was repaired immediately, and while the investigation has not revealed any misuse of data, we are prepared to provide all individuals with credit monitoring services.”

Data security was pushed into the public spotlight recently when retail giant Target was the victim of a notable data breach occurring at the end of 2013. The massive retailer reported that nearly 110 million Target customers had had their personal and financial information stolen by hackers believed to be based in Russia. Although the breach occurred months ago, Target’s bottom line and reputation are still suffering from the fallout of the incident.

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