June 8, 2007
The University of Virginia is warning faculty members their identities could be compromised after a security breach.
University officials discovered the security breach but not before hackers stole the names, birth dates and social security numbers of nearly 6,000 current and former faculty members.
The university is sending emails, letters and a message through the media, informing the 5,735 people on the list about the breach.
“The university is addressing this incident very aggressively and very publicly because we want to ensure that our faculty who were affected by this incident have the information they need to take steps to protect their identity,” said University Director of Information Technology and Security Shirley Payne.
The university said the hackers got into the system on 54 separate occasions since 2005.
The faculty members affected taught from 1990 to 2003 here or at the College at Wise.
The university is offering a free credit monitoring service and has set up an information line 1-866-621-5948 if you have questions or if you want to check to see if your name was on that stolen list.
The university said no student or non-faculty member’s information was exposed.