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Saint Louis University staff, students notified of computer breach

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St. Louis (KSDK) -- Saint Louis University faculty, students and staff have been notified about a computer breach of the university's network.

SLU Vice President and Chief Information Officer Tim Brooks issues a statement saying that core Banner and SLUCare systems were not affected. The ITS security team continued to investigate and had determined that a database containing some personal information of employees, including Social Security Numbers, was accessed illegally.

The system contained information of only those individuals who have been employed at SLU for five or more years.

Brooks' statement said there was no evidence to suggest that protected information was stolen, but precautions had been taken to protect people's privacy.

SLU has computer forensic experts working to provide the university with more information as to how many people have been affected. SLU plans to notify anyone who may be impacted.

The university is looking to partner with an outside company to provide free credit and identity theft protection in the event that personal information has been compromised.

People who have worked at at SLU for five or more years, are advised to place a security/fraud alert on their consumer credit file by contacting one of the following major credit reporting agencies. Once you file the free alert with an agency, it will be automatically forwarded to the other two.

Experian
(888) 397-3742
Credit Fraud Center
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013
www.experian.com/fraud

Equifax
(888) 766-0008
Consumer Fraud Division
P.O. Box 740256
Atlanta, GA 30374
www.equifax.com

TransUnion
(800) 680-7289
Fraud Victim Assistance Department
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
www.tuc.com
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Copy of notice:

I am writing to let you know about a breach of SLU's computer network that took place this week. We are working around the clock to determine if sensitive information was compromised.

Although we're still investigating this matter, we didn't want to wait notify you about what we're doing and what you can do.

While core Banner and SLUCare systems were not affected, our ITS security team continues to investigate the attack and so far has determined that a database containing some personal information of employees, including Social Security Numbers, was accessed illegally.

The system contained information of only those individuals who have been employed at SLU for five or more years.

At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that protected information was stolen, but we're taking every precaution to protect your privacy.

We have contacted the FBI in St. Louis and have engaged a leading computer forensics firm to help expedite our investigation.

At this time, we do not know the specific individuals who may have been affected, but we hope to have that information by early next week. Individuals who were affected will be notified directly.

Additionally, we are looking to partner with an outside company to provide free credit and identity theft protection in the event that personal information has been compromised.

Resolving this matter is a top priority, and we are prepared to spare no expense to protect your privacy.

In the meantime, what can you do?

If you have worked at SLU for five or more years, we recommend that you place a security/fraud alert on your consumer credit file by contacting one of the following major credit reporting agencies. Once you file the free alert with an agency, it will be automatically forwarded to the other two.

Experian
(888) 397-3742
Credit Fraud Center
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013
www.experian.com/fraud

Equifax
(888) 766-0008
Consumer Fraud Division
P.O. Box 740256
Atlanta, GA 30374
www.equifax.com

TransUnion
(800) 680-7289
Fraud Victim Assistance Department
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
www.tuc.com

Soon after you place a fraud alert, you will receive consumer credit reports by mail from all three credit reporting agencies. We strongly advise that you be vigilant in monitoring these reports as well as your personal financial accounts.

The Federal Trade Commission and many state Attorneys General offer guidance about protecting against identity theft. Learn more at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/consumers/defend.

Here at SLU, we are deeply committed to protecting your private information. In addition to our focus on resolving this current situation, we're also looking into ways to enhance our systems to reduce the chances of this happening again.

I will keep you informed as our investigation moves forward.

Sincerely,

Tim Brooks
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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