MSU hack carries $3M price tag

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – There is an update for you now on a story we first broke last month.

We’re learning more about the hacking attack that left the information of hundreds of thousands of current and former staff and students at Michigan State University at risk.

Officials at Michigan State University tell us they expect the hack to cost nearly $3 million to take care of when this is all said and done.

Some of that cost is coming from what the university has to pay to offer two free years of credit monitoring to hundreds of thousands of former staff and students.

So far about 9,000 people have signed up for the credit monitoring.

You’ll remember someone accessed servers last month holding the information of 400,000 people who worked at MSU since 1970 and anyone who was a student from 1991 until this year.

Names and social security numbers were included in the data held on that server.

Officials know hackers definitely breached 449 accounts.

We also asked university officials *who* made the decision *not* to pay the ransom the hackers demanded.

We’re told they can’t discuss those details because of the ongoing investigation but we do know the decision was made after consulting with the East Lansing Police Department.

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