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University of Alaska seeking people affected by data breach

April 29, 2019

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska is attempting to contact people who may have been affected by a significant computer data breach.

Hacking between January and February 2018 may have compromised email accounts containing a wide variety of personal information, The Daily News-Miner reported Sunday.

School officials are trying to reach anyone whose information may have been stolen and has set up an information hotline, the university said Friday.

The email accounts included those of students, former students and others, university spokeswoman Robbie Graham said in a text message.

“UA is mailing individual notices where we were able to locate address information,” Graham said. “But the forensic consultants could not find contact information for all of them, and potentially affected parties were found to reside in all states.”

Investigators determined in March 2018 that email accounts may have been affected by the intrusion that was initially thought to be limited to changing account passwords in the UAOnline Services system.

Information varies by individual, but may include names, dates of birth, passport and government-issued identification numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial account and student identification numbers, and health and health insurance information.

“For certain individuals, Social Security number may also have been present in the affected email accounts,” the university said.

The university is offering resources including free credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services through TransUnion, an international consumer credit reporting agency, Graham said.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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