Virginia Tech breach exposes data on 145K job applicants

A Virginia Tech official Tuesday blamed human error for a data breach that may have exposed sensitive data on about 145,000 people who applied online for jobs at the school over the past 10 years.

The compromised data includes names, addresses, employment and education history — and data on prior convictions. In the case of about 16,650 individuals, the compromised data includes driver’s license numbers.

No Social Security Numbers or dates of birth were compromised in the incident, the university said in a statement Tuesday.

Lawrence Hincker, associate vice president for university relations at Virginia Tech today blamed the breach on a process failure.

“The server was placed in service without our normal cyber protection protocols,” thereby allowing illegal access to the data, Hincker said in an email.  (Read More)

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