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Virginia Tech students and employees’ data compromised by cybersecurity incident | News | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Virginia Tech Student Affairs released a situational awareness alert. On Sept. 3, the university found that personal information of both current and former university students and Dining Services employees was published online. A computer in the Student Affairs division contained the information, which included demographic data.

The computer was promptly taken off the network. The university’s ongoing investigation indicates that an unauthorized party downloaded the files from the computer. It doesn’t appear that the information has been used. The alert said that other workstations or data systems don’t seem to be compromised.

Virginia Tech has reported this incident to authorities, including law enforcement. The university’s Information Technology Security Office is still investigating and monitoring any further suspicious activity.

The university does not believe that identity theft or fraud will take place as a result of this incident. The alert, however, recommends that those impacted should monitor their personal information for any suspicious activity and be cautious of unsolicited emails or messages regarding personal information or credentials. Impacted individuals should also be cautious of requests from unknown persons or accounts.

“We also encourage those affected to change their passwords to university accounts and systems,” the university’s message said. “Virginia Tech has temporarily modified the password reset process to require data elements not included in the breach.”

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