University of Maryland - 19/02/2014

The University of Maryland, located in College Town Maryland, had one of their records databases hacked Tuesday January 18, 2014 around 4:00 a.m by an outside source.This particular database holds information dating back to 1998 and includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university identification numbers for 309,079 people affiliated with the school at their College Park and Shady Grove campuses.The hackers did not alter anything in the actual database, but apprarently have made a "copy" of the information. The university commented at how sophisticated the attack was by the hacker or hackers and they must have had a "very significant understanding" of how the database was designed and maintained, including the level of encryption and protection of the database.According to the university President, school officials are investigating the breach and taking steps to prevent any further system intrusions.The college has put out the following statements:"The University is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all affected persons. Additinoal information will be communicated within the next 24 hours on how to activate this service.University email communications regarding this incident will not ask you to provide personal information. Please be cautious when sharing personal information.All updates regarding this matter will be posted to this website.  If you have any questions or comments, please call our special hotline at 301-405-4440 or email us at datasecurity@umd.edu".