Stanford University attack exposes data of 27K people

Stanford University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) has suffered a data breach, exposing records of 27,000 people.

Stanford University is a prestigious private research university located in Stanford, California.

The University wrote a letter to affected individuals stating “that a data security incident at Stanford University’s Department of Public Safety” occurred, impacting their personal information.

The personal information affected varies from individual to individual, the letter continued, and the information may have included:

  • Name
  • Social Security number

Stanford University said that other personal information collected by the DPS may also have been stolen, but “there is no evidence that your information has been misused.”

Stanford University DPS discovered that they’d fallen victim to a ransomware attack in September 2023.

An investigation revealed that the threat actor had gained entry into the Stanford DPS network between the months of May and September.

Once the incident had been discovered, Stanford University took measures to notify the federal and local law enforcement agencies while working with cybersecurity experts to “terminate the authorized access.”

The University is offering identity protection services to all those who have been affected by the cyberattack.

This is not the first time Stanford University has fallen victim to a ransomware attack.

Akira, the notorious ransomware gang, listed Stanford University as the target of a ransomware attack. The university has since confirmed the cybersecurity incident.

Akira claimed to be in possession of private information and confidential documents and was threatening to leak the information online if Stanford didn’t pay an unspecified ransom.

More universities, alongside Stanford, are grappling with the effects of cybercrime.

Recently, a threat actor on the dark web claimed possession of data affiliated with numerous high-profile universities in the US.

The individual posted alleged records of names, emails, and, in some cases, faculty information from prestigious schools such as Stanford University, Princeton University, Duke University, and the University of Chicago.

High-profile universities in the US, such as Carnegie Mellon and Indiana University, have also been victims of cyberattacks.

These attacks demonstrate an insidious trend of cybercrime that’s impacting academic communities.

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