Ohio State reports massive network security breach

OSU hired computer forensic experts to investigate the school's security breach.

Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information for about 760,000 current and former Ohio State University (OSU) students were accessed by unauthorized network users in October, although campus IT staff haven’t found evidence that any information was taken, according to an OSU statement.

The university went public with news of the breach Dec. 15, promising to provide free credit protection services for anyone whose name, Social Security number, birth date, or address was listed on the server that was accessed without the campus’s consent.

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The university created a website for people eligible for credit protection. The school’s statement said OSU applicants were among people listed in the massive database.

The school’s statement said the server did not include records for patients at OSU’s Medical Center.

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