University of Maryland begins purging data accessed in breach

By Yasmeen Abutaleb The university has purged its databases of about 140,000 names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and university IDs of former students that were compromised in a massive data breach, university President Wallace Loh said. University officials have also learned how an attacker obtained the personal information of more than 309,000 students, faculty and staff members dating back to 1998, and they have taken measures to protect university systems from an identical method of attack. For security purposes, university officials did not disclose how the data was obtained. “When will academic institutions and their IT vendor partners face the same data privacy compliance standards and fines for breaches that are found in healthcare and the financial sectors? When will schools start seesing drops in their enrollments due to data breaches on their campuses? We put the over/under at two years.” Read the entire article here:

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