It sounds a bit ironic: a data breach potentially affecting 1.3 million current and former students, faculty and staff members at Georgia Tech, the world renowned university with lauded computer science programs.
But it happened.
The school disclosed the breach, its second in less than a year, on Tuesday, saying it feared the exposed information included names, addresses, social security numbers and birth dates. Tech spokesman John Toon said officials at the school, which typically has around 30,000 students enrolled, learned in “late March” that a central database had been accessed by an unknown outside entity.
Toon said Tech immediately corrected the application, but personal information was likely exposed. “Georgia Tech’s cybersecurity team is conducting a thorough forensic investigation to determine precisely what information was extracted from the system,” he said.