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U. of Md. Security Breach Impact Felt in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.-If you attend or attended the University of Maryland, some of your personal information could be part of a serious security breach.

According to a university issued letter to those effected, the hacked database contained 309,079 records of faculty, staff, students and affiliated personnel from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses who have been issued a university ID since 1998. 

The records included names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and university identification numbers. No other information such as financial, academic, health or contact (phone, address) was compromised.

For College Park alum Nathan Long, having his personal information stolen wouldn't be the first time. Long was a victim of Target's data breach not too long ago and now it's déjà vu all over again.

"I am pretty concerned, about the fact that it involves my social security number and it definitely trumps any other information that they could have,"  Long said.

The 2005 graduate proudly displays his diploma on his office wall in Salisbury.

Long said the diploma is a testament to how hard he has worked toward earning his degree only to have it overshadowed by what he calls a heinous crime.

"What I plan to do is to set up fraud alerts with three major credit monitoring services and pursue third party businesses that will help monitor and alert me that my finances are safe and secure," he said.
     
It's even more personal for Danny Engleman who said that he does whatever he can to protect his sophomore daughter but that this violation is something way out of his control.

"If somebody were to steal her identity they can open up credit cards accounts, they can build an identity that allows them to charge thousands and thousands of dollars that she would be responsible for," Engleman said.

The university said that it's doing everything it can to prevent this incident from happening again. Further in the letter to those effected the campus said:

"...With the assistance of experts we are handling this matter with an abundance of caution and diligence. Appropriate state and federal law enforcement authorities are currently investigating this criminal incident."

The university is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all affected persons. 

The campus also set up a website with FAQs at http://alumni.umd.edu/redirect.aspx?linkID=50857&eid=772333.

Any updates will be posted to this site. If you have any questions or comments, you can call the university's special hotline at (301) 405-4440 or email atdatasecurity@umd.edu.  

 

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