Computer breach at UT Dallas may have exposed students' personal info

July 31, 2008

By Holly Hacker, The Dallas Morning News

A computer network attack at the University of Texas at Dallas may have exposed Social Security numbers and other personal information for 9,100 individuals, school officials said today.

A security breach in UTD.s computer network may have exposed Social Security numbers along with names, addresses, email addresses or telephone numbers, officials said.

The Richardson campus is contacting those possibly affected in the attack, which was discovered July 12:

* .4,406 students who were on the Dean.s List or graduated between 2000 and 2003
* .3,892 students who were contacted to take part in a survey by the Office of Undergraduate Education in 2002
* .88 staff members from Facilities Management
* .716 faculty and staff members listed in a space inventory record from 2001.

"We are very sorry this happened," Jim Gary, UTD vice president and chief information officer, said in a prepared statement. "We would never seek to minimize the impact of such an event, but we find no indication that the information has been disclosed, disseminated or used to anyone's detriment. We are working to inform anyone who is potentially at risk."

The university was also hit with a computer network attack in 2006 in which personal information for up to 35,000 faculty, current and former students, staff and others was possibly compromised.

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