UT: Personal data at Weber State compromised in burglary
Danielle Manley reports:
Personal information of as many as 1,200 students, faculty and staff at Weber State University may have been compromised during multiple possible break-ins to computer labs.
A WSU student was charged July 29 in the incident. The burglar broke in after-hours to the Science Lab Building and Building 4, said Bret Ellis, vice president for Information Technology. Ellis said he doesn’t know for sure, but the suspect most likely broke in multiple times from January to April 2014.
“There were 1,200 individuals that were potentially compromised,” Ellis said. “We believe it was way less than that. We’re just trying to be extremely safe.”
The suspect was unsuccessful in accessing information in one lab, but could have obtained private information in a public computer lab commonly used by students, faculty and staff.
Ellis said he was not an employee or person of trust and does not know the reason of the hacking. The suspect could have accessed personal and financial information, but, “there’s no indication to suggest that that was the intent of the individual,” Ellis said.
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