Juvenile arrested in connection to Jacksonville State University data breach


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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A juvenile is under arrest a day after Jacksonville State University officials warned of a possible hack of student data, CBS station WIAT reported.

The university was alerted to the issue on Tuesday. Officials said a website not affiliated with the university contains students’ personal information, including phone numbers, addresses, birthdates, student identification numbers and ID photos. Current JSU students told WHNT News 19 that professors’ personal information can also be found on the website.

WIAT reported a statement from JSU said it wwas not victim to a hacker, but instead an internal security violation comprised student info.

The university released this statement about the incident that read in part:

“This matter is being investigated internally as well as by state and federal law enforcement agencies. It is recommended that all students change their student log in and email passwords.

Information Technology personnel will be available to render assistance as needed.

Vinson Houston, vice president for information technology, said the university places high priority on JSU’s internet security and protection of student data, and will do what is necessary to address this issue.”

JSU also recommended that all students and professors change their university usernames and email passwords.

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