facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Hackers access FIU database

Sept. 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM   |   Comments

MIAMI, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Florida International University says the personal data of 19,500 current and former students may have been accessed by computer hackers.

WTVJ-TV, Miami, said names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and grade point averages of students and alumni who took certain standardized exams may have been accessed through a database school officials discovered was unsecured after someone put a smiley-face emoticon on the university's internal Web site.

Students and alumni whose data was involved were informed of the breach through a letter from the university, advising them to contact a major credit bureau to place a fraud alert on their file and check their accounts for unusual activity.

An FIU spokesman said the university does not know if someone actually took the data but informed students and employees as a precautionary measure, the report said.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin
2
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
3
China overhauls legal system, at least on paper China overhauls legal system, at least on paper
4
NATO intercepts Russian spy plane NATO intercepts Russian spy plane
5
Continental Resources declares win in Oklahoma basin Continental Resources declares win in Oklahoma basin
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback