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UNL warns students of potential server breach

UNL warns students of potential server breach


A breach of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln computer server potentially exposed thousands of student names, ID numbers and grades to an outside source, campus officials said Tuesday.

In a letter sent to approximately 30,000 current and former students, UNL said an unauthorized breach of a server hosting a math placement exam occurred sometime in the last two years.

"The University's investigation found that there was unauthorized external access to information on this server including possible access to files containing both names and NU IDs," said the letter, written by Joseph Francisco, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Mark Askren, vice chancellor for information technology.

The source of the server breach is not known, UNL spokesman Steve Smith said. A routine scan of the server during a system update alerted UNL to the breach.

No Social Security numbers, credit card information or other personal data was stored on the server, which has been shut down.

"Currently, we have no evidence that anyone has used this information for illegal or malicious activity," the letter states.

UNL, however, is asking current and former students who use its MyRed system to change their passwords and monitor their accounts for any suspicious activity.

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