[ISN] Data breach could affect 30,000 Iowa State students

http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/2014/04/22/data-breach-could-affect-30000-iowa-state-students/8007523/ By Sharyn Jackson Des Moines Register April 22, 2014 Servers containing the social security numbers of almost 30,000 Iowa State University students were compromised in a security breach, university officials announced Tuesday. Information technology staff discovered a breach of five departmental servers that contained social security and university ID numbers for students who took classes in computer science, world languages and cultures and materials science and engineering. The students whose information was contained on these servers were enrolled between 1995 and 2012. In addition to the 29,780 social security numbers exposed in the breach, an additional 18,949 students’ university IDs were on the servers. There was no financial information in the exposed records. A hacker or hackers accessed the servers in order to generate enough computing power to create bitcoins, a digital currency, according to a news release from the university. […]