UIC warns of possible data breach; business, accounting students at risk

Written By SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE Posted: 07/11/2014, 07:48am

Some former University of Illinois Chicago students were warned last week of a breach that left personal information, including Social Security numbers, publicly accessible.

A website security breach made two College of Business Administration documents from the 2002 spring semester accessible — a roster from a Special Topics in Accounting course and an advising list for all junior and senior accounting majors, according to a statement from the university.

The statement did not say how many students were affected, but UIC has not received any reports of improper use of data.

University staff “took immediate action to remove the files from the website and sever connections to the documents,” the statement said.

The university attempted to notify each individual who had personal information on the site by mail, but cannot verify they were successful in reaching all of them. Concerned former students should contact the Federal Trade Commission’s Midwest office at (877) 438-4338.

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