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Data Security Incident Notification

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

UNCW’s Information Technology Systems team has discovered unauthorized access to a UNCW applications server, making it possible to access a database containing names, addresses and social security numbers of individuals employed at UNCW as of March 2014, which may include part-time and temporary employees, Graduate Students, and Adjunct Instructors; and individuals who took a foreign language placement test at UNCW between the years 2002 and 2006.

UNCW does not believe that the unauthorized access constitutes a breach of personally identifiable information (information hacked for the purpose of misuse). Although personally identifiable information was exposed when the server was attacked, we have no evidence that the personal data or the associated social security numbers were accessed by the perpetrator of this attack, or that fraud has been committed utilizing the exposed information. Nonetheless, the university is providing this notification consistent with North Carolina’s Identity Theft Protection Act, so that those who may be affected can be mindful of possible changes to or inquiries regarding their personal information and accounts.

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