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University of Maryland Database With Personal Records Hacked

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- A University of Maryland database was hacked, exposing more than 309,000 records of faculty, staff, students and affiliated personnel, President Wallace Loh said.

The records included names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university IDs of people who had been issued an ID since 1998, Loh said today in a letter to the college community. No other information was compromised, he said.

The university recently doubled the number of its IT security personnel and doubled its investment in security tools, Loh said.

“Obviously, we need to do more and better,” he said.

State and federal authorities are investigating, Loh said. Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman, said by telephone that he couldn’t comment on whether the FBI was leading the investigation.

The university is offering a year of free credit monitoring to all those affected, Loh said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lisa Wolfson in Boston at lwolfson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lisa Wolfson at lwolfson@bloomberg.net

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