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University of Central Florida Hack Exposes 63,000 SSN

A hack of the University of Central Florida's computer systems has exposed the private data of roughly 63,000 current and former students, staff and faculty members, the university announced on Thursday.

Law enforcement and a digital forensics firm are investigating the intrusion, which was detected in January, UCF President John C. Hitt said in a statement.

Hackers gained access to the personal information of current and former student-athletes and support staff as well as current and former university employees. The stolen info includes Social Security numbers but not credit card information, financial records, medical records or grades, Hitt said.

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"To ensure our vigilance, I have called for a thorough review of our online systems, policies and training to determine what improvements we can make in light of this recent incident," Hitt said. "Every day, people and groups attempt to illegally access secure data from institutions around the world. Higher education institutions are popular targets,"

UCF is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity-protection services for those affected.