160,000 students compromised in Metropolitan State University data breach

160,000 students compromised in Metropolitan State University data breachDates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, grade point averages, and other personal information of 160,000 Metropolitan State University (Minnesota) students have been exposed in a data breach after a hacker broke into the database.

Dating back 18 or 19 years, the data includes current and former students, as well as people who contacted the school but never enrolled.

The breach was first disclosed in January and the investigation concluded this week, finding that 11,000 students also had parts of their Social Security numbers leaked.

There has been no evidence yet as to whether this personal information has been misused, but the compromise has highlighted Metropolitan’s lack of effective cybersecurity procedures.

This week Auburn University (Alabama) announced a breach, affecting 370,000 Social Security numbers of students and other people who had applied to the university.

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