A database in the University of Wisconsin Law School was the target of computer hacking and may have leaked students’ personal information, officials said.
UW officials became aware of the hack on Nov.3, according to the release. The hack targeted a database that contained Social Security numbers and name pairs corresponding with UW Law School applicants from 2005-2006.
Officials said no other personal identification information was in the files.
“Since learning of the incident, the university has removed from the server the records that were likely accessed by the attacker,” officials said in the release. “Security measures have been increased, including implementing additional vulnerability identification programs, evaluating current computer applications and decommissioning those no longer needed, tightening credentials for access to databases, and deploying additional network intrusion detection.”
According to the release, notices were mailed and emailed on Tuesday to 1,213 people affected by the hack.
Officials said the incident has been reported to law enforcement officials and three national credit reporting agencies.
According to the release, individuals affected by this breach will receive free credit monitoring for one year to help protect them against identity theft.