WSU Informing Campus of Computer Breach

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University is notifying 1,200 students, faculty and staff about a potential breach of information obtained from computers in the student computer lab in the Science Lab Building and Building 4. A limited number of faculty and staff computers were also compromised.

A burglary in the Science Lab Building and Building 4 allowed for unlawful access to personal information entered into computers as well as to exams. A suspect in the case, a student attending the university, was charged on July 29.

"The security measures WSU has in place helped us alert campus police who quickly identified a suspect," said Bret Ellis, vice president for Information Technology.

WSU began mailing notification letters Aug.4, a process expected to take several days. The letter explains the incident and provides information on additional resources to help individuals prevent and respond to identity theft. 

An initial assessment by WSU’s Security Office staff indicates routine security measures would already have prompted most individuals affected to change their WSU passwords since the breach. Anyone who receives a letter also will be advised to change passwords.

“Incidents like this serve as a reminder about the importance of regularly updating and changing account passwords,” Ellis said.

Students, faculty or staff who used computers in that lab between January 2014 to April 2014 or faculty and staff office computers in the Science Lab Building or Building 4 can request help with a credit check or receive additional information by calling 801-626-7070 or emailing security.info@weber.edu.

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Contact:
Allison Barlow Hess, Director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu
Author:
Allison Barlow Hess, Director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu