63,000 UCF students and staff had their Social Security numbers stolen in massive data breach


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The University of Central Florida revealed Thursday, Feb.4,  that 63,000 Social Security numbers of former and current students and university employees were stolen in a computer hack in January. 

According to a website set up about the incident, there are two main groups affected by the hack: current and former UCF athletes and student managers supporting UCF teams and current and former school employees working in Other Personal Services, which includes undergraduate student employees, graduate assistants, adjunct faculty instructors, housing resident assistants, faculty members paid for teaching extra classes and student government leaders.

Those affected will be sent letters to be received the week of Feb. 8. They will also be offered one year of complimentary credit monitoring and identity-protection services. 

UCF first became aware of the breach on Jan. 8, according to the Orlando Sentinel, and on Jan. 15, officials realized it affected many more individuals than originally thought. As soon as the hack was discovered, the university contacted law enforcement. 

The university is not releasing information about how the hack was first discovered, citing that there is still an active investigation. 

In order to prevent incidents like this in the future, UCF says it will be enhancing user account and password security and will be conducting a review of its online system and protocols. 

A call center has been established for anyone with additional questions at 877-752-5527 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

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