Social Security numbers stolen from 63,000 UCF students, staff in data breach

Data breach discovered in January, internal investigation launched


ORLANDO, Fla. – A data breach at the University of Central Florida resulted in unauthorized access to the Social Security numbers of  63,000 current and former students, university officials said on Thursday.

UCF said it discovered the breach in January and reported the incident to law enforcement. 

According to a release, the investigation found that Social Security numbers for approximately 63,000 students, staff and faculty members were accessed.

Credit card information was not included in the breach.

"Those who are affected will soon receive a letter by mail that explains how to sign up for one year of free credit monitoring and identity-protection services," UCF President John C. Hitt wrote.

An internal investigation is also being launched. 

"Safeguarding your personal information is of the utmost importance at UCF. To ensure our vigilance, I have called for a thorough review of our online systems, policies and training to determine what improvements we can make in light of this recent incident," Hitt wrote. 

If you have questions about the incident, UCF set up a call center that can be reached at 877-752-5527 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. A website will also be updated with details about the incident and recommendations.