Category: Education

No Questionable Calls Here: The March Madness Meets Higher Education Data Breach “Brackets” Are Back!Team Shatter Exclusive

Posted March 18, 2013 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Education, Team Shatter Exclusive, Uncategorized with 2 comments
march madness

March Madness is here! Yesterday, the NCAA Selection Committee selected 68 teams to participate in this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.  While fans across the country are sneaking out of the office to watch games, breaking out the ol’ college sweatshirts, and betting Vegas-style, we are joining the fun for the Third Annual Higher Education Data Breach Madness “Brackets.” Just like in previous years, the data breach madness “bracket” is determined solely by the number of reported breaches…

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Western Connecticut State University Confirms Data Breach Exposing Personal Information Of 235,000

Posted December 3, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Education with 0 comments

Western Connecticut State University said Thursday it is in the process of notifying about 235,000 students, their families and others that their personal information may have been exposed to unauthorized access by a computer system vulnerability that has since been corrected. The Danbury, Conn.-based university said it has no evidence records were inappropriately accessed. It said the vulnerability existed from April 2009 to September 2012 and potentially exposed information, including Social Security numbers of those whose records were collected by…

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Cornell University Breach Exposes Data To Public For Five Days

Posted November 2, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Education with 0 comments

The personal information of up to 2,000 people was exposed to the public for five days on a computer in Cornell’s athletics department, a University administrator confirmed Thursday. Donald Sevey, director of information systems, said that the University discovered that a file server containing “confidential data” about thousands of people was accessible by the public for a period of time. He said that he does not know if anyone maliciously used the data while it was exposed. Click for complete…

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Northwest Florida State College Suffers Data Breach, Affecting Nearly 300,000 Students And Employees

Posted October 15, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Education with 0 comments

A data breach has turned scores of Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) employees into victims of identity theft in the aftermath of a massive data breach affecting nearly 300,000 people, including current and former students. The employee data was breached between May 21 and Sept. 24 after one or more hackers accessed a folder on the school’s main server. According to school officials, an internal review between Oct. 1 and Oct. 5 revealed that 76,000 current and former students of…

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Hackers Publish Personal Records From 53 Universities Online

Posted October 4, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Education with 0 comments

Hackers published online Monday thousands of personal records from 53 universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, the University of Zurich and other universities around the world. The group of hackers, calling themselves Team GhostShell, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter and published some 36,000 e-mail addresses and thousands of names, usernames, passwords, addresses and phone numbers of students, faculty and staff, to the website, In most cases the data was already publicly available, but in some…

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Hackers Deface University Of Technology, Sydney Database, Dump User Information

Posted September 24, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Attack Vectors, Data Breach, Database Security, Education with 0 comments

One of the subdomains for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) fell victim to an attack over the weekend, with hackers going by the names Apollo and 0day defacing the site sub-site and dumping user information. The two hackers left a message for the system administrators telling them to fix their security and to “hire some staff who actually know what they are doing.” Click for complete article >>

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What Universities Should Be Doing To Defend Against Increased Cyberthreats

Posted August 28, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Education with 0 comments
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The University of Nebraska had just deployed a new security information event management (SIEM) system when an undergraduate student there apparently broke into the school’s student information system, exposing sensitive information of 654,000 students, alumni, and employees. While the breach was a serious one that is still under investigation, Nebraska was actually better off in the end than most universities that get hacked. An IT staffer detected an error message in one of the university’s systems at 10 p.m. on…

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Data Security Breach At Oregon State University, Private Information Of 21,000 May Have Been Compromised

Posted July 25, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Education with 0 comments

Oregon State Police currently are investigating a security breach by a vendor who, while under contract to Oregon State University, copied information from a check register data base without permission. The action could have compromised the private information of 21,000 students and employees who were associated with OSU between 1996 and 2009. According to Jon Dolan, the chief information security officer at OSU, the contracted vendor who provided immediate check printing services in the cashier’s office copied information on three…

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Data Breach At B.C. Institute Of Technology, Unauthorized User Accessed Personal Information

Posted July 5, 2012 by TeamSHATTER Admin in Data Breach, Database Security, Education, Uncategorized with 0 comments

B.C. Institute of Technology have discovered a security breach in which an unauthorized person accessed a computer server containing personal information of patients at the student health clinic on the Burnaby campus.  The breach was found during a recent scheduled security audit by BCIT’s information technology services department.  The records on the server date from October, 2005 to June 11, 2012. They include information collected and used for billing purposes at the clinic—name, date of birth, Medical Services Plan (MSP)…

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University Of North Florida Acknowledges Data Breach, Over 23,000 Names And Social Security Numbers Accessed

Posted June 15, 2012 by Tim Whitman in Data Breach, Database Security, Education, Hacker News with 0 comments
Social Security Card

The University of North Florida recently acknowledged that a database containing 23,246 people’s names and Social Security numbers may have been breached. The database contained information on people who applied for university housing between 1997 and 2011 — and the university say the breach may have occurred as long ago as the spring of 2011. “The University Police Department, in conjunction with Housing and Information Technology Services, is investigating this incident, UNF said,” First Coast News reports. “The university is…

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