NCSU data breach could affect thousands

Posted July 8, 2016 3:17 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina State University officials said Friday that an email account containing personal information of about 38,000 people was illegally accessed several weeks ago.

Officials have found no evidence that any personal data have been retrieved or misused or that fraud has been committed using the information, but N.C. State is providing credit monitoring services to those affected.

The hacked email account contained a file from 2013 that included names, mailing addresses, university ID numbers and Social Security numbers, as well as other email that contained names and Social Security numbers, officials said. The university learned of the breach on June 3, and they said it occurred "through a sophisticated phishing scam."

N.C. State has taken steps to avoid similar hacks in the future, such as requiring affected university employees to change their account credentials and increase security protocols and requiring additional information security protocols to all campus systems containing sensitive data, officials said.

The university also has established a phone line and website for affected individuals. People can call 844-787-6811 toll-free or visit for information about the hack.