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UNF Security Breach Affects More Than 100,000 IDs

4:41 PM, Oct 15, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It appears more than 100,000 could be affected by a security breach at the University of North Florida that involves Social Security numbers.

In an email sent to students, UNF said a file may have been accessed by someone outside the country.

The file contained personal information of high school and college students, plus anyone else who had expressed interest in the university.

"Just to know that somebody may have access to it that's very frightening," said Azschrielle Jackson, a UNF sophomore.

UNF said it is notifying the 106,884 people who may be affected.

About half of them (52,853) had their names and Social Security numbers compromised, and the rest (54,031) had their names and dates of birth compromised, according to UNF.

The breach happened sometime between Sept. 24 and Sept. 29.

Students were notified Friday by letters, email and an alert on the university homepage."Now it's like the middle of October and we just now finding out about what happened," Jackson said. "It makes me wonder what has this hacker already done with the information?"

Jackson wishes she was notified sooner.

"We should have definitely gotten a heads-up email," Jackson said, "Just to let us know that something has happened."

According to Joanna Norris, Assistant Director of Media Relations, the delay was to make sure the school had all the information before presenting it to those who might have been affected.

UNF said the computer involved has been isolated, and the university is working with the FBI to determine the cause and intent of the breach.

The university recommends those who may have been affected place a fraud alert on their credit files with a credit bureau.

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