Hackers have compromised the personal information of more than 309,000 students, staff and alumni at the University of Maryland dating back 16 years, the school announced. University of Maryland President Wallace Loh called it a "sophisticated attack" on the school's multi-layered security defenses.
The database that was targeted contained the social security number, date of birth, name and university ID number of faculty, staff, students, and affiliated personnel at the university's College Park and Shady Grove campuses who have been issued with a University ID since 1998. Financial, health, academic and contact information aren't believed to be at risk, Loh said.
Loh also said that despite the university recently doubling the number of IT security engineers and analysts, as well as their investment in "top-end" security tools, more needs to be done to guarantee protection and prevent another attack.
The University says that state and federal law enforcement, including the FBI, U.S. Secret Service and Maryland State Police are investigating the breach, along with computer forensic investigators. They are also offering one year of free credit monitoring to those affected.