Unauthorized individuals illegally accessed an Ohio State computer server containing the personal information of around 760,000 people, OSU said Wednesday through a press release.
The server contained names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses of current and former faculty, students, applicants and others affiliated with the university.
There is no evidence that any information was taken, but the university is offering 12 months of free credit protection to all individuals whose information was in the system.
The university discovered the breach in October and immediately sought the help of experts. In late November, the experts found evidence suggesting the purpose of the breach was to launch cyber attacks.
“We regret that this has occurred and are exercising an abundance of caution in choosing to notify those affected,” said Joseph A. Alutto, Ohio State provost in a press release. “We also are working with a nationally recognized data security firm to further strengthen all of our systems.”
Stay tuned to www.thelantern.com for further developments on the Ohio State server breach.