Data breach at University of West Florida
The University of West Florida announced Thursday morning that passwords and usernames for about 160 people may have been compromised in an data breach of the university’s main campus networks, a news release from UWF said.
University officials believe that some individuals attacked the network to intercept UWF ArgoNet usernames and passwords for approximately 90 people, as well as usernames and passwords for non-UWF systems (such as Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, etc.) of approximately 70 people.
Read more of the report from Pensacola News Journal.
UWF issued the following statement on its website today:
The University of West Florida has discovered unauthorized activity by individuals on certain portions of the Pensacola main campus network.
It is believed that these individuals attacked the network to intercept UWF ArgoNet usernames and passwords for approximately 90 people, as well as usernames and passwords for non-UWF systems (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, etc.) for approximately 70 people. These affected users will receive a separate notification from UWF ITS by close of business this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The University has taken steps to secure the University network from further attacks by these individuals.
At this time, the University believes those most at risk are those who have used the network in the following UWF main campus buildings within the last 12 months: the John C. Pace Library, Building 4 (Science & Engineering) and UWF residence halls.
The University strongly urges all individuals with UWF ArgoNet accounts to change their ArgoNet passwords as soon as possible.
In addition, this network attack may affect members of the general public who have utilized services of the John C. Pace Library within the last 12 months. Therefore, the University strongly urges anyone who has accessed online accounts by using computers or the network in the John C. Pace Library during this time to change passwords for those accounts as soon as possible.
For more information about this incident, please visit http://uwf.im/