University of Nebraska officials say the investigation into a computer security breach continues, with the search for the person or persons responsible narrowing.
Nebraska University spokesperson Melissa Lee says it might have been caught in time to protect the financial information collected and stored by the four-campus system.
“At this point we have no clear evidence that anyone’s personal information was downloaded as a result of the breach. We have no reports of identity theft,” according to Lee. “Still, out of an abundance of caution, we are encouraging people to monitor their financial information carefully.”
Hackers broke into the system last week and potentially had access to the records of 650,000 students, alumni, parents and university employees. The university reports a technical staff member with the university uncovered the breach which was sealed within hours of its discovery.
Lee says the investigation began as soon as the breach of security was discovered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln leading the investigation with help from the FBI.
“I cannot say too much about the actual investigation, but I know that they are pursuing a lead and hope to be able to identify the individual or individuals responsible for this,” Lee says.
The data breach broke into the Nebraska Student Information System. Investigators initially believed the breach only exposed financial and other records of 30,000 students. The university has worked to contact those who could have been affected.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.