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UNC data breach could affect 6,000

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said a data breach could impact up to 6,000 people.

In a release, the university said some electronic files in the Division of Finance and Administration became accessible on the Internet. The files contained information such as names and Social Security or Employee Tax Identification numbers, and in some cases, addresses and dates of birth.

The files involved personal information about some current and former employees, vendors and students.

"Other than Google's activities described above, we have not been able to determine whether individual personal information was accessed by others or was misused as a result of this incident," Kevin Seitz, interim vice chancellor for finance and administration, said in the notification letter sent to the affected people's last known addresses.

As of Nov. 23, the records were no longer accessible on the Internet after Google complied with a request from the university.

Recent UNC graduates had mixed opinions on the breach. 

Sagi Gillera said, "If it was through the school, that's kind of hard to believe because we have to change our password to sign in for stuff at school, grades, for assignments every three months." 

Omar Alsai said, "I didn't think it was too big a deal because I keep up with all my stuff. You hear about it all the time so it wasn't that big of a surprise."

Meanwhile Andrea Hamersky said, "I think it is horrible. I don't think it's right for students and faculty to have to go through that."

The investigation into how the data was make accessible started last month and the university started notifying those affected Dec. 10.

People also can contact the toll-free call center assisting the University at 1-866-458-3184 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays until Feb. 10. People at the call center are able to assist in English or Spanish, and anyone needing translation assistance in Burmese or Karen can call the Facilities Services human resources office at 919-962-9060 or visit the office in Room 110 of the Giles Horney Building on Airport Drive.

Eileen Park

Eileen joined WNCN after years of working as a foreign correspondent. During her time off, she enjoys relaxing with her dogs, reading, and exploring the Triangle. More>>

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