Engineering Students Notified of Computer Breach

Thursday, September 11, 2008

University of Iowa News Release

Some 500 students in the University of Iowa College of Engineering are being notified by the college that their personal information may have been exposed in a recent computer breach.

The compromised computer contained a file with names and Social Security numbers of students stored on its hard drive. However, the file did not contain information such as birth dates, grades or any financial information.

According to Alec Scranton, associate dean of academic programs in the college, there is no evidence the file was viewed or copied, and it appears that the purpose of the breach was to use College of Engineering resources to store copies of music and movies.

Scranton sent a letter to students today notifying them of the incident and alerting them that they may want to monitor their credit information as a precaution. He said the college has no knowledge of any data being accessed or misused.