Personal details of 93,000 staff and students at US university could be exposed after database compromise

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The personal details of 93,000 people have been exposed, following the compromise of a database at a university in Iowa.

The personal details of 93,000 people has been exposed following the compromise of a database at a university in Iowa.

The Social Security numbers, addresses and drivers license information of students and staff at Buena Vista University dating back to 1987 could be vulnerable, according to whotv.com. It further claimed that the unauthorised access was confirmed last month and the university began notifying those potentially affected.

Despite the breach, university officials said that there has not been any indication that the information has been misused. The incident is being investigated by a computer forensics team, while attorneys are also reviewing the matter. University president Frederick Moore has apologised for the incident, and said that the university is trying to mitigate potential harm.

Update: a spokesperson at Buena Vista University told SC Magazine that it discovered ‘some irregularities' in its network following an investigation by KPMG, who confirmed that in June that a breach did occur.

A university spokesperson said: “As a result, we began the notification process of the 93,000 individuals in our data base. However, through the investigation, we do not believe any of the information was misused or provided to a third party.

“Even though we have no reason to believe personal information is being misused, Buena Vista University is offering those individuals a one year complimentary subscription to Experian, a credit monitoring company.

“The case has been handed over to the US Attorney's Office. Due to the fact there is an ongoing investigation, no additional details can be provided at this time.”

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