Baylor College of Medicine notifies former applicants after data from 2016 breach found on publicly available web site

Baylor College of Medicine is sending notification letters to an unspecified number of former applicants.  In the letter, Randy Langenderfer, Vice President, Chief Compliance and Audit Officer writes that they first became aware of a possible database breach in October, 2016.  In November 2016, those affected were notified of the compromise.

Now Langenderfer writes:

In late October of 2016, Baylor College of Medicine discovered that a database containing information about applicants to the school may have been compromised, and immediately began investigating. We confirmed that there was a vulnerability in the database that could have resulted in exposure of personal information, and we took immediate action to correct that vulnerability.

One year later, in October of 2017, Baylor College of Medicine learned that information in that database “had been made available by an unknown third-party on a publicly-accessible website.”

Baylor hired a consultant who confirmed that data had not only been exposed, but had been accessed without authorization.

Their letter, the template for which appears on the Montana DOJ site, does not indicate for how long the data had been available on the publicly-accessible website. sent an inquiry about for how long data were on that publicly accessible site, and how many people were being notified now.  The college, which has arranged for one year of identity monitoring services with Kroll, did not reply by the time of this publication.

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