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UNF housing server data breach may affect 23,246 individuals

9:30 AM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of North Florida students who submitted housing contracts from 1997 to spring 2011 may be vulnerable to a data breach, according to a release on the school's website.

The names and social security numbers of 23,246 individuals are among the vulnerable information. Servers have been secured, but this information may have been accessed as early as spring 2011, according to UNF.

We were the first to break the news to some students at UNF.

"It's a little bit concerning because that's my private information that only the school should have access to," said UNF graduate Mitch Haley.

His friend, John Horton, said, "I don't want anybody messing with it."

One student, Joanne Pierre, read the press release sent out by UNF.

"This is crazy that it happened twice," she said.

The University Police Department, in conjunction with Housing and Information Technology Services, is investigating this incident, UNF said. The university is also reviewing systems and procedures in an effort to figure out how the data breach occurred.

To assist anyone who may have been impacted, UNF is covering the cost of a one-year membership in a credit protection program.

The university has set up a Frequently Asked Questions site about the data breach, and a hotline is available at (904) 620-5499 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

UNF also had a security breach which affected more than 100,000 IDs in October 2010.

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