A former University of Nebraska-Lincoln computer science and math major has been charged in the computer security breach that exposed private information retained by the University of Nebraska and the Nebraska State College Systems.
The United States Attorney’s Office accuses 22-year-old Daniel Stratman of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization owned by the University of Nebraska and Nebraska State College Systems. The security breach occurred between April 24th and May 24th.
Stratman, from Omaha, had been listed as a senior, studying computer science and mathematics. He is not registered currently. University officials decline to say whether the university took disciplinary action against Stratman.
The breach exposed a database containing information on 650,000 students, alumni, parents and employees from the Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney campuses. It also exposed information kept by Chadron State, Peru State and Wayne State Colleges. Information included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, grades and financial aid.
No evidence has been discovered that any information was transferred. Security measures have been adjusted, according to university officials.
University officials say they used an IP address to track Stratman.
Stratman’s arraignment has been set for January 8th.