WA: 130,000 at risk after computer breach at EWU

Levi Pulkkinen reports:

Following a computer breach earlier in December, Eastern Washington University will be notifying 130,000 current and former students that their identifying information may have been compromised.

While it remains unclear whether any students or alumni have had their identities stolen due to the breach, officials with the Cheney-based university are preparing to mail letters to those put at risk, a spokesman said.

Discovered during an assessment in early December, the breach was found in a system carrying student records dating back to 1987. Current and former students’ Social Security numbers, names and birth dates are stored on the system, which has since been secured.

While investigators found no evidence any information was taken — those behind the breach appeared to be storing video files on the system — those concerned their identities may have been stolen are encouraged to check their credit statements.

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