EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – There are more questions than answers surrounding a massive data breach at Michigan State University.
What we do know is that at 4 p.m. tonight, the university confirmed the worst announcing potentially 400,000 records including names, social security numbers and MSU identification numbers are at risk.
So far the university says it knows roughly 450 accounts were directly accessed during the breach.
The school says the breach happened on Sunday which is the same day the server was taken off-line.
Officials say the 400,000 accounts belong to anyone who was employed by MSU from 1970 to just five days ago.
All students enrolled anytime between 1991 and 2016 may also be at risk.
The news struck a nerve with MSU students tonight, including Sarah Geyer…
“I didn’t believe it at first because there’s so many people when I heard MSU got hacked, I was like…everyone?” Geyer said who is a junior at Michigan State.
No…not everyone but at least 450 accounts were affected directly.
In Geyer’s opinion, this situation is startling.
“I mean if someone has your social security number then that’s pretty scary so I don’t know what I would do,” she stated.
“Social security number is like all we have,” said MSU Senior Daijon Frazier.
Frazier is baffled to hear all that’s in jeopardy if your account was indeed hacked.
“My major is BioMedical Laboratory so if someone got into mine and affect financial aid or anything like that, that’s too scary for me,” Frazier stated.
MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon released a statement on the hack. In part, she says…
“At Michigan State University, we are committed to data and privacy protection.”
Simon also added…
“Information security is a top priority of our university and we know the frustration this is causing members of our community.”
MSU is offering a free credit check to those people affected but to Geyer, the situation is far too shocking and she feels something needs to be done.
“I feel like it’s disappointing that this is happening in the first place…I think that obviously they need better security because that’s a lot of information that was compromised,” Geyer added.
6 News can tell you that the hackers demanded money from the university but the school did not oblige.
University officials are working with police to investigate this hack but at this point, officials say they do not have evidence that any other student or employee information was compromised.
The university will reach out to anyone who may be affected by the breach and will offer free credit monitoring starting next week.
6 News have a link to a page set up by the university on how you can enroll in credit monitoring if you’re affected. You will find it under the “Seen on 6” section on our website.