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UNC officials investigate data breach

Posted December 13, 2013

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— Officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are investigating a data breach that is believed to have affected more than 6,000 people, including current and former employees, vendors and students, according to the university's website.

On its website, the university says some electronic files in the Division of Finance and Administration became accessible on the internet. The files contained names and Social Security or Employee Tax Identification numbers, and in some cases, addresses and dates of birth.

The investigation into how it happened started last month and the university started notifying those affected this week.

A letter sent to those affected by the data breach included recommendations about ways to protect against identity theft and steps people can take to monitor any potential fraudulent activity.

Those affected can contact the toll-free call center assisting the university at 1-866-458-3184 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays until Feb. 10, 2014


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  • johna4242 Dec 16, 2013

    LOL. UNC ITS is obsessed with what patches and updates need to be run on all their servers. They have no focus on the servers' content or control. Thier emphasis is hugely mis-directed. True, they keep having the problem; it's a content/control problem, not the patches.

  • My24cents Dec 16, 2013

    This is not the first time UNC! http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/6213633/
    I was one of those affected by the last one! All of my info was breached as well as my SS#! I guess things have not changed a bit! There was no negative consequences to them last time so what do they care!

  • bombadil Dec 16, 2013

    For what it's worth, I saw one of the letters mailed to affected employees.

    The envelope itself looks like junk mail. Nowhere on it does it say it's from the University and the mailing address has the appearance of a magazine's subscription label.

    While the onus of checking your mail is totally on you, the urgency and gravitas of the communication is not readily apparent when mixed in with mid-weekly advertisements and credit card solicitations.

    Informing employees of their exposure to this kind of risk via junk mail demonstrates by action what UNC's opinion is of their people.