UNO Students React To NU Cyber Attack
Breach Puts Information For Thousands At Risk
A cyber attack with sensitive information at stake leaves University of Nebraska students wondering how something like this could happen. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Omaha, NE - A cyber attack with sensitive information at stake leaves University of Nebraska students wondering how something like this could happen.
"It is kind of scary that somebody did it," said UNO freshman Jessica Taylor. "I don't know how they did it or why they would even want to do it, but it's pretty crazy."
The university tells us the breach, first noticed on Wednesday, affects all four campuses including Lincoln, Kearney, Omaha and UNMC. The database, only two years old, holds personal records like social security numbers and bank accounts. It's something that worries Taylor, especially after an e-mail she received from UNO on Friday.
"It just said that somebody hacked in there and I was scared because my account is linked in there."
It's not just current students affected by the breach either. It's also alumni. The database by the way includes the names of about 650,000 people.
"Technology can be used for both good and bad," said UNO junior William Osborn. "People will find opportunities to take advantage of it and use it in the wrong way."
Because of that, Nebraska security information officers are now working around the clock in search of answers.
"Our job is to actually go through now and determine what he did or didn't do with that access," said information officer Joshua Mauk.
Access we're told might have an impact on more than 20,000 people with bank accounts linked to the university's.
"We're actually bringing in a leading security firm as well. They'll be here on site with us."
If you believe your personal information might have been compromised, you're urged to go to a link the university has set up for more information. The website is http://nebraska.edu/security