300,000 People's Information Targeted in University of Maryland Hack

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WHSV) -- Hackers are now targeting universities.

The University of Maryland announced its system was breached exposing more than 300,000 names, social security numbers and other information from people at its College Park and Shady Grove campuses.

The information is from students and staff who had a university I.D. after 1998.

The university explained the I.T. division kept the records in a database.

This is not the only recent data breach as Yahoo, Michael's and Target have also have been victims of security attacks.

Andrew Fauber, a JMU student, was not surprised a university was targeted.

"My initial thought is concern, but like I said I think JMU has a strong IT program and I think our security is well protected because we have to change our passwords frequently and there are other security measures they have taken to protect our information," said Fauber.

He also said he uses different log-in information for systems used at JMU.

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