300,000 Records Hacked at University of Maryland

The faculty, student and personnel files date back to 1998

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The president of the University of Maryland announced in a letter Wednesday that more than 300,000 records containing the personal information of faculty members, students and others have been hacked.

The University, Wallace D. Loh said, “was the victim of a sophisticated computer security attack that exposed records containing personal information. I am truly sorry. Computer and data security are a very high priority of our university.”

The 309,079 records go back to 1998 and include name, Social Security number, date of birth, and University ID number, according to the letter sent out Wednesday evening.

The news comes less than a week after the crowdfunding site Kickstarter announced that it had been hacked and two months after Target admitted to a major credit card hack that took place just after Thanksgiving.