University Of Hawaii Data Breach Exposes 40,000 Student Records


The University of Hawaii at Manoa suffered a major data breach that exposed the confidential records of more than 40,000 former students.

Altogether, the breach exposed the Social Security numbers, grades, birth dates and other personally identifying information belonging to the University's former students.

The exposed student information was posted online for more than a year before being taken down this week. The Liberty Coalition, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization, first notified university officials regarding the breach on Oct. 18, prompting the school subsequently to remove the files and disconnect the affected server from the network.

The data breach was traced to a faculty member, who accidentally uploaded the files that contained personal student records to an unencrypted Web server Nov. 30, 2009. The files contained such sensitive information as names, academic performance, disabilities and other information for 40,101 students who attended the university between 1990 and 1998 and also in 2001.

In addition, students who attended UH's West Oahu campus during the fall of 1994 or graduated between 1998 and 1993 also may have been affected.

 

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