Florida International University Experiences Database Hack

NBC Miami, September 26, 2011

Thousands of students at Florida International University are hoping their personal information is not used against them after being informed of a possible security breach of the university’s computer system. An undergraduate education database containing 19,500 current and former students’ names, social security numbers, birth dates, and grade point averages was discovered to be unsecured when university officials found someone had typed a smiley face emoticon on the database’s internal website. Students and alumni who took the College-Level Academic Skills Test and other standardized exams during a multi-year period were informed in letters that their personal details may have been “inappropriately accessed.” University administrators have cut off public access to the database and advised affected students to contact a major credit bureau to place a free fraud alert on their file and regularly check accounts for unusual activity. http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/Smiley-Face-Emoticon-Triggers-FIU-Security-Scare-130597908.html

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