UVM warns faculty, students of potential breach of personal data

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University of Vermont officials say they have no reason to believe the personal information of 37,000 current and former faculty, staff and students fell into the wrong hands following a breach of the school’s computer systems.

On Wednesday, UVM notified users of NetID, a portal that grants access to campus email, services such as class registration and even final grades, that the “intrusion” could lead to malicious use of usernames and passwords.

Enrique Corredera, executive director of news and public affairs at UVM, said the university has “no indication” that those credentials have been used to access personally identifiable information, but gave users until 4:30 p.m. Thursday to change their usernames and passwords. 

Corredera said UVM is working with police and information security experts to investigate the breach and has asked NetID users to be “extra vigilant” and report suspicious activity.

“Ongoing monitoring of the University’s computer systems resulted in early detection of this system intrusion, which improved our ability to implement protection and mitigation strategies,” he said.

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