RALEIGH, N.C. — Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 2,000 North Carolina residents have been stolen.
WSOC-TV reported that authorities arrested a hacker they said managed to get into Butler University’s computer network in Indiana.
Channel 9 reporter Stephanie Coueignoux learned this suspect was stealing information for months.
Butler University officials said a hacker secretly accessed their computer system for seven months and stole 163,000 records dating back to 1983.
Graduate Valerie Walo, who lives in Raleigh, told Channel 9 on the phone her information was stolen.
“It’s alarming and it makes you question where our data is and how safe it is,” Walo said.
In May, California authorities called university officials and said they arrested someone with a flash drive containing that information.
The data breach goes beyond students and employees. Walo said her brother only applied to the university, but never went and his information was also stolen.
“I am also concerned as to why they have my brother’s Social Security number and all his data,” Walo said.
The information the hacker took was enough to steal the identities of victims and in some cases, possibly clean out their bank accounts.
Officials have now sent letters to anyone who may be a victim.
Investigators are not releasing the suspect’s name.
University officials are reviewing their policies, and offering free credit monitoring with Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert to victims.
To enroll, visit their website: http://www.protectmyid.com/redeem and provide your activation code found in the letter Butler University sent you. You must enroll by Sept. 30.
If you did not receive a letter, but believe you may be a victim, call Butler University at (317) 940-8000.
North Carolina residents can also call the attorney general at (919) 716-6400.