Board of Regents of the University of Georgia Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Apr 10, 2024 9:35 AM
Data breach at University System of Georgia affects 3,508, exposing SSNs, financial info, and more. Check steps for safety.

What Happened?

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has reported a significant data breach affecting personal information. On April 10, 2024, it was disclosed that sensitive data, including names, Social Security numbers, financial information, and dates of birth, were compromised. This incident has impacted a reported 3,508 individuals in the state of Texas alone.

The University System of Georgia is a prominent education system that serves a vital role in providing higher education across the state's 159 counties. It comprises 26 institutions, ranging from research universities to comprehensive universities, and is overseen by a board of 19 members appointed by the governor. The chancellor, elected by the board, is the chief executive officer of the system.

The breach was made public via a disclosure on the Texas Attorney General's website, which can be accessed for more detailed information here.

Immediate Steps to Take

If you believe you might be affected by this data breach, it is crucial to take the following steps promptly:

  1. Review Your Accounts: Check your financial statements for any unauthorized activity. If you spot something suspicious, contact your bank or credit card provider immediately.
  1. Credit Monitoring: Consider enrolling in a credit monitoring service. These services can alert you to changes in your credit report, which may indicate fraudulent activity.
  1. Fraud Alerts: Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. This tells creditors to take extra steps to verify your identity before issuing credit in your name.
  1. Free Credit Reports: You are entitled to free credit reports from each of the three major credit bureaus once a year. Access these reports at AnnualCreditReport.com to look for any discrepancies.
  1. Change Passwords: If your login credentials may have been compromised, change your passwords immediately, and ensure that each account has a unique, strong password.
  1. Stay Informed: Keep an eye on communications from the University System of Georgia for updates and further instructions.

Long-Term Considerations

After securing your immediate financial safety, consider these long-term strategies:

  • Regularly Update Passwords: Make it a habit to update your passwords regularly and use a password manager to keep track of them.
  • Monitor Your Credit: Continue to monitor your credit over time, not just immediately following the breach.
  • Educate Yourself: Stay informed about the best practices for protecting your personal information online.
  • Beware of Scams: Be vigilant about potential phishing attempts. Scammers may use information from the breach to trick you into giving away more information.

The University System of Georgia has not yet disclosed the method of notice to consumers regarding the data breach. Affected individuals should stay alert for any direct communications from the institution.

For more information and to stay updated on this situation, please visit the disclosure on the Texas Attorney General's website. Remember, taking swift action can significantly reduce the risks of identity theft and financial fraud following a data breach.

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