University data breach prompts ‘top-to-bottom’ IT review

For now, students are encouraged to call Experian and sign up for five free years of credit monitoring, which became available to all those effected on Feb. 25.

However, due to the high volume of calls Experian has been unable to assist all of the people who were affected by the data breach.

“Obviously you never want your social security number out there,” said Robbie Feinberg, a senior journalism major UMD. “It makes me concerned in the sense that I’ll definitely question the safety of having all of my personal info in one place. I’ll definitely be taking advantage of the one year of free credit checks they’re offering. ”

Other students are not as optimistic about the recent news, and the response from the university.

Senior journalism major, Josh Axelrod, said he received a notification from his bank regarding suspicious activity on his account only a few days after the data breach.

“The timing makes me very suspicious” he said. “I think if it turns out the school was responsible they should have to pay back whatever money was taken from my account. I’m 100 percent sure that’s not going to happen, but I think they should be held more accountable.

Technology experts on campus held the first of several meetings Feb. 26 to address the network security breach, said Jonathan Katz, a spokesman from the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, one of the departments sending a representative to be part of Loh’s new task force.

eCampus News reached out to university administration and the Division of Information Technology for an update on the investigation after yesterday’s meeting. UMD officials have said they cannot provide any new insight into the ongoing investigation.

Peter Sclafani is an editorial intern at eCampus News.

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