The personal information of 309,079 students, faculty members and staffers at the University of Maryland's campuses at College Park and Shady Grove has been compromised, university officials announced on Wednesday. The cybersecurity breach was first reported by The Diamondback. In a letter to the community, President Wallace Loh said anyone at the two campuses who has received a university ID number since 1998 is affected. The compromised database included names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth, but no financial or academic information, Loh wrote.
"I am truly sorry," Loh wrote. "Computer and data security are a very high priority of our University."
The breach is still under investigation, but Loh said the university will offer a free year of credit monitoring to those affected.