The University of Maryland has recently been under a ‘sophisticated’ database attack, exposing more than 309,000 student and staff records.
The data stolen included birth dates, names, university numbers and social security numbers for people affiliated with the university’s College Park and Shady Grove campuses since 1998. According to a statement from the University of Maryland, financial, health and academic information was not exposed.
The cause of the breach is currently unknown but there is an active investigation underway. The university’s president Wallace D. Loh has stated “computer forensic investigators are examining the breached files and logs to determine how our sophisticated, multi-layered security defences were bypassed,” The University of Maryland has recently doubled the number of IT security engineers and analysts in light of the increase in attacks on other universities.