More than 300,000 University of Maryland records compromised in ‘sophisticated’ computer attack, school officials say

Personal identification records of more than 300,000 University of Maryland faculty, staff and students since 1998 have been breached by shrewd computer hackers, school officials said.

State and federal law enforcement authorities are investigating the attack, and computer forensic investigators are examining the breached files to determine how the school’s security defenses were bypassed, school officials said.

In an open letter released Wednesday, University President Wallace D. Loh said he was notified of the computer break into a database system on Tuesday night.url

“[T]he University of Maryland was the victim of a sophisticated computer security attack that exposed records containing personal information,” Loh said. “I am truly sorry.”

That 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 name, Social Security number, date of birth, and University identification number, school officials said. No other information was compromised — no financial, academic, health, or contact (phone, address) information.

The security breach came at a time when university recently had doubled its number of IT security engineers and analysts, and doubled its investment in top-end security tools, Loh said.

The university is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all affected persons. Additional information will be communicated within the next 24 hours on how to activate this service

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