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Number of people affected by UMd. data breach less than originally thought

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -

University of Maryland officials says the number of people affected by the recent data breach last month is smaller than originally thought. However, the school also says some students who attended the university dating as far back as 1992 may have been affected.

Ann Wylie, Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Division of Information Technology at the university, says a careful analysis determined that 21,499 records contained incomplete or inaccurate data.

Therefore, the number of breached records is 287,580, which is down from the 309,079 originally thought when the security attack was first announced.

Wylie wrote, “During the purging process, IT staff identified 56,048 records that had been pre-loaded into the database when it was created in 1998. This file included information for students who attended UMD between 1992 and 1998. These records had already been accounted for in the total count and all affected persons have either been contacted via phone or email, or will receive an official letter within the next several days.”

The school has permanently purged 78 percent of the affected database and 29,757 people affected by the breach have registered for the free credit protection.

For more information on how to sign up for the free five-year credit protection offered by the university, go to http://umd.edu/datasecurity/.


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