Social Security numbers and other private information may have been exposed by a computer security breach at the Sumter campus of the University of South Carolina.
The breach was discovered in January on a computer server at USC Sumter, but it may have potentially affected nearly 31,000 faculty, staff, retirees and students throughout the university system’s eight campuses. This is not USC’s first reported incident of such a computer security breach, but this latest incident may be the largest.
According to USC spokewoman Margaret Lamb, letters were set out as soon as individuals were identified. Lamb said the security breach was caused by human error and the computer server where the information was stored was taken offline within two hours after the breach was discovered.
There were no details on how it happened.