Cyberattack hits MSU; personal data compromised

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A hacker has gained access to university records that include the names, Social Security numbers and MSU identification numbers of up to 400,000 current and former students and employees.

This includes faculty, staff and students who were employed by MSU between 1970 and November 13, 2016, or were students between 1991 and 2016.

It happened on some time on Sunday. MSU confirmed the hacker or hackers accessed the records of 449 people. University officials took the affected database offline within 24 hours of the hack.

They say the information does not contain passwords or financial, academic, contact or health information.

MSU’s IT team is working to find out how it happened and MSU Police are working with other law enforcement agencies to figure out who did it.

While MSU says there’s no evidence the hackers took all the records, they’re reaching out to the 400,000 people who might be affected to offer free credit monitoring.

Police are also asking everyone to keep a close eye on their credit and watch out for possible cases of identity theft. If something happens, they’re asking you to contact MSU Police and reference and incident report #1658103881.

If you have questions about the breach, MSU has set up a website and a hotline. That number is 1-855-231-9331.

This story is developing and will be updated online and on 6 News tonight.

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