CU Boulder officials investigate computer breach
BOULDER, Colorado ” University of Colorado officials are investigating a hacking case involving three computers, including one that contained personal information, such as Social Security numbers, for at least 9,000 students and 500 teachers.
CU officials said Friday they have not found evidence the personal information was accessed but they are contacting those involved to offer advice on protecting their identities.
The security breach was discovered Thursday on one laptop and two desktop computers assigned to administrators in the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said.
The desktop computers were infected with malicious software and investigators are trying to determine what information could have been accessed on the laptop, he said.
“We think they were compromised by digital intrusion with some sort of hack,” Hilliard said.
The data, which also included addresses and grades, was for students enrolled in courses between 1997 and 2003 and instructors who worked in that department.
The university has hired Applied Trust Engineering, a Boulder-based security firm, to investigate.
CU implemented a policy last fall that prohibits employees from storing personal information on computers. The decision came after a computer in the College of Arts and Sciences’ academic advising center was breached last fall, affecting nearly 45,000 students.
The new security procedure included deleting personal information found on university computers. Hilliard said the purge of data had been started but was not completed properly on the computers accessed this week.
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