- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2014

A data breach at the University of Maryland has left some 300,000 staff members and former and present students exposed, with their personal information — including Social Security numbers — stolen and floating around unknown locations.

“Computer forensic investigators are examining the breached files and logs to determine how our sophisticated, multilayered security defenses were bypassed,” said university President Wallace Loh in a letter reported by the New York Daily News. “Further, we are initiating steps to ensure there is no repeat of this breach.”

The data breach hit those who attend or work at the university’s College Park and Shady Grove campus sites. Among the stolen information, too, were birthdates and university identification numbers, the New York Daily News said.

Mr. Loh called it a “sophisticated computer security attack” and said the university was offering free credit report checks for the next year for those impacted by the breach.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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