MSU president addresses hack attack

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MSU President Lou Anna Simon says the university is taking “aggressive action” to protect personal information in the wake of a hack that could have exposed up to 400,000 people.

That includes current students and staff and former students and staff. Anyone who worked for MSU since 1970 or attended MSU since 1991 could have their information, including their Social Security numbers, at risk.

“We have a deep sense of obligation to our MSU family, and we are taking aggressive action to protect any personal information that may have been compromised,” Simon said on an MSU website.

She also labeled the attack a “criminal act”.

Simon while only 449 records were known to have been compromised, the university is offering credit monitoring and identity theft services to the 400,000 who may be at risk.

“Information security is a top priority of our university, and we know the frustration this is causing members of our community,” she said.

She also says the university will continue to act to protect its computer systems and information.

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