SSN Data Breach hits University of Virgina

A data breach at the University of Virgina was recently caused by a mailing mistake, exposing the social security numbers of 18,700 students – the university lists 21,000 students total.  The mailing mistake came when Aetna Student Health, which provides health insurance to the school and students, sent out brochure with students SSN printed on them.

“The brochures were mailed on July 3, 2013, but we were not made aware of the problem until July 11, 2013,” James C. Turner, U.Va. Executive Director of Student Health, wrote in an announcement posted on the university’s Web site. “We immediately updated the computer program used to gather the student information to prevent any recurrence. We then moved as quickly as possible to investigate what happened, identify the affected students, and notify them.”

You can read the whole story here: University of Virginia Admits Data Breach.

Or you can read the UVA announcement here: Inadvertent use of student Social Security numbers


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