UW-Parkside warns of data security breach, thousands affected

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by Sachelle Saunders

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside sent out notices to more than 15,000 students who were admitted into the University between 2010 and 2014 alerting them to a security breach.

University leaders say names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, and social security numbers are all at risk after hackers compromised the system.

The school recognized the breach in a routine check of the computer network. UW Parkside Assistant Chancellor of University Relations and Advancement John Jaraczewski says preliminary investigation does not show identity theft as a motive.

"Through a complete forensics examination of our system, we are at the belief that the chances of personal data being exposed or falling into the wrong hands is highly remote," Jaraczewski said.

The compromised server has been shut down and the admissions system revamped. A nationally known data forensics expert is also working on the case.

UW-Parkside has also set up a website for those who may have been victims. More information can be found at http://www.uwp.edu/explore/news/datasecurityfaq.cfm

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