IU officials: Data for 146K students may have been exposed after breach

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – Hours after word of a possible data breach for Indiana University students and graduates, 24-Hour News 8 looked at who could be at risk.

IU said about 146,000 students and graduates who attended any of their seven campuses between 2011 and 2014 could be affected. While the school said this breach is unlike those at Target or Neiman Marcus, some students say they’re still concerned.

“These days, concerns about web security are everywhere, but I would’ve expected IU to take better care of its students than this,” said IU Senior William Kuechenberg.

Outside the Sample Gates on the IU campus in Bloomington, there was a lot buzz about the campus data breach.

“I’m concerned that potential banking information of myself and my parents who pay for my tuition could be in the hands of somebody I don’t want it to be in,” Kuechenberg said.

Late Tuesday afternoon, university officials said about 146,000 students names, addresses and Social Security numbers may have been compromised.

“When that kind of information gets out, it doesn’t matter who has it or if they say it’s safe. It’s still out there,” said IU Sophomore Annie Dalzell.

24-Hour News 8 took those same concerns to the associate vice president of Communications. Mark Land said the file wasn’t downloaded by an individual, but was accessed by three software programs that search for data. He said when officials discovered the breach last week, they took immediate steps and secured it.

Land said the university has no evidence the files were viewed or used for illegal activity.

24-Hour News 8 spoke with a security expert about the breach and what could be to blame.

“Poor regular checks of vulnerabilities of sites,” said Tom Gorup of Rook Security.

IU Senior Dillon Richardson said he’s now going to take steps to look out for himself.

“I’m 21; just starting out. Could have some credit repercussions that would affect the rest of my life so it is a little concerning,” Richardson said.

School officials notified the Indiana Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday. The school says they plan to notify all affected students as a precaution this week.

Officials say they will set up a call center to handle questions. Students may call 1-866-254-1484 starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

Click here if you have questions on the data breach or how to monitor credit accounts.

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