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Update: UMD offers free credit monitoring after breach; hotline overloaded

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After a missive data breach, University of Maryland students and staff whose records have been compromised can now get free credit monitoring. Originally, those affected were getting one year's worth, but UMD President Wallace Loh said Tuesday he has increased that to five years.

Officials believe more than 300,000 files belonging to people who received a university ID dating back to 1998 were accessed.

If you are unsure if you were affected by this breach, the credit bureau Experian has set up a hotline to call.  They will answer any questions you have. You can reach Experian at 866-274-3891.

Experian said Tuesday that as a result of the breach, they are experiencing a high level of calls which is causing some technical difficulties. If you cannot get through to the hotline on your first try, you're encouraged to call back.

Through this hotline, you can sign up for the credit monitoring if your information was compromised.

HERE IS THE LINK for more information: http://www.umd.edu/datasecurity/

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