Updated 05/10/2012 04:52 PM
UNC Charlotte sheds light on mistake that exposed personal data
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CHARLOTTE – UNC Charlotte released more details about a mistake led to the leak of 350,000 Social Security numbers and account numbers on the Internet. The university originally announced the data exposure in February.
Ultimately, officials believe that no one's information was stolen.
According to university officials, there were two security issues. One affected the general university for about three months. The other issue affected the College of Engineering for the past 14 years. The university hired an outside firm to investigate the problem, which confirmed no one's personal data was stolen.
“That is what has been taking place since Jan. 1. Yes, some time has elapsed since that first announcement. It has been almost a 24/7 operation since that first announcement to assess what could have potentially come of this,” said UNCC spokesperson Stephen Ward.
The university is encouraging anyone who has had contact with the College of Engineering to continue to check their credit scores to be on the safe side. People may contact the university to have a free fraud alert placed on their credit files, and visit www.ftc.gov/idtheft .