URI notifying faculty about data breach

Posted 9/3/12

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island is notifying roughly 1,000 current and former faculty members that certain personal information that appeared on a publicly shared College of Business Administration computer service was accessed and viewed by unauthorized individuals.

According to a news release, URI took immediate action to shut down the server and is not aware of any reports of criminal activity or identity theft relating to the information that was exposed.

The ongoing investigation indicates that certain personal identity information was placed on a server that wasn’t set up to store sensitive information.

In addition to the faculty members, 22 former URI students are being notified that their information was on the server. No personal information for current URI students was placed on the server.

URI is also working with an out-of-state attorney general’s office to assist with notifications to roughly 80 students from another school who were also affected.

The server had been used by faculty in the College of Business to upload and share course information. The incident was an isolated one that affected only one server in the college.

According to URI, neither current students nor faculty hired after April 2008 were impacted by the data breach.

URI will provide 12 months of credit monitoring and identity-protection services to those affected by the data breach. •

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