It appears the University of Nebraska has found its hacker.
University officials have announced they believe they have identified the person who breached the computer security system that stores the financial information in the Nebraska Student Information System. No name has been released.
“We have seized computers and related equipment belonging to a UNL undergraduate student who we believe is involved in this incident. They are currently in the hands of law enforcement and undergoing analysis.” UNL Police Chief Owen Yardley said in a written statement released by the university.
Yardley said the suspect was identified by NU Computing Services personnel through IP addresses used to access the system. Yardley said the process that led to the suspect is very time consuming. The police chief said he asked the university not to disclose any information about the security breach during the first couple of days of the investigation.
The security breach potentially exposed the financial information, including Social Security numbers, to as many as 650,000 students, alumni, parents and university employees of the four-campus University of Nebraska system.
NU information security officer Joshua Mauk says how the breach occurred is still being analyzed. It isn’t known how much, if any, information was downloaded.
University officials are setting up a toll-free telephone number available by tomorrow to handle questions from those affected and updates continue to be made at <http://nebraska.edu/security>.