(Sept. 22, 2011) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio is informing 688 students and prospective students who either enrolled in or applied to courses in the Honors College that an unauthorized user may have gained access to information about them. Those affected have been notified by personal letter.
During the data exposure, the records of a few UTSA students were accessed by unauthorized users in the Honors College section of the online system. When accessed, these records were pulled into the Honors College section. These students may receive the personal letter if it was possible their records were accessed, even if they were never enrolled in the Honors College.
The data exposure was discovered Aug. 2 and information exposed included name, date of birth, address, phone number, email address, GPA and other personal information. No Social Security numbers were part of the information exposed. Within an hour of discovering the unauthorized access, UTSA officials addressed the issue and initiated an investigation.
Examination of the data exposure indicated its characteristics were not consistent with an attack designed to gather data from the system, but rather an inadvertent misconfiguration of assigned access to the information.
"While we believe the situation has been completely contained, we want to notify each individual directly to make him or her aware of the incident and provide a contact at the university who can provide additional information if needed," said Richard Diem, dean of the UTSA Honors College. "The likelihood that the information was misused is very low, but our primary concerns are informing affected individuals and working to ensure that this never occurs again."
For more information, contact the UTSA Honors College at 210-458-4106.
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