Computer Network Vulnerability Uncovered at WCSU

Administrators at Western Connecticut State University say they’ve fixed a problem in their computer network which could have allowed unauthorized people to gather personal information on about 235,000 students, prospective students and others.

A university spokesman says the problem was identified in late September, but WCSU didn’t announce it publicly until it was fixed.   They did inform the Board of Regents and the Governor’s Ofice.  He says this is not the same type of data breach which was found at Central Connecticut State University earlier this year. The two schools use different computer systems.

The problem, which was found in routine maintenance, could have allowed personal information, including Social Security numbers, of those in the database to be made public.

The school says it believes it found the problem before hackers did, and there’s no indication that any hackers found and exploited the flaw.

He says all those whose information could have been exposed will be offered identity theft protection at no cost for up to two years.

The records were collected by western over a 13 year period.

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