Data breach at University of Hawaii exposes 40,000 alumni records

November 1st, 2010 at 11:13 AM  No Comments

Aloha unencrypted social security numbers!

A faculty member at the University of Hawaii Manoa is to blame for exposing nearly 40,000 alumni to identity theft, by posting their grades, birth dates, social security numbers and other personally identifiable information on an unencrypted web server since November 30, 2009.

Students who attended the university between 1990 and 1998 and also in 2001, or the West Oahu campus during the fall of 1994 or between 1998 and 1993, were subject to the data spillage.

The FBI and the local police are investigating, although the university said in a statement they had no reason to believe the faculty member at fault committed the act with any malice. At the same school, over the summer, nearly 53,000 records including  40,000 SSNs were exposed an a similar way from the school’s parking department.

via CRN