N.C. State University says it has notified 38,000 current and former students that some of their personal information may have been accessed by someone who hacked into the university’s computer system.
NCSU officials say someone accessed a university email account using a “sophisticated phishing scam” and got access to a file from 2013 that included names, mailing addresses, university ID numbers and Social Security numbers. Officials say there is no evidence yet that any of the personal data have been retrieved or misused.
University officials say they learned of the hack on June 3 and took steps to identify and notify potentially affected students. NCSU is providing them with credit monitoring services to help detect fraud.
The university also says it took steps to prevent unauthorized access to personal information in the future, including new security measures for systems that contain sensitive data.