Unauthorized access to a Georgia Institute of Technology web application has exposed personal information for up to 1.3 million individuals, including some current and former faculty, students, staff and student applicants, Georgia Tech reports.
"A central Georgia Tech database was accessed by an unknown outside entity. Georgia Tech’s cybersecurity team is conducting a thorough forensic investigation to determine precisely what information was extracted from the system, which may include names, addresses, social security numbers and birth dates," the school said in a press release.
The U.S. Department of Education and University System of Georgia have been notified and the Institute promised those whose data was exposed would be contacted regarding available credit monitoring services.
In late March, Georgia Tech learned of the illegal access and immediately corrected the impacted application, but it is not known how long the hackers had access to this data before Georgia Tech learned of the data breach. In its press release, Georgia Tech affirmed they are committed to the privacy and security of its personal data and "regret" the potential impact on those affected.