Breaches such as these continue to be relatively common in university environments, despite more awareness of the problem. So far this year, there have been at least 32 publicly disclosed breaches involving universities, according to data breach records maintained by Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. A total of 1.17 million personal records have been compromised so far in these incidents.
The breach at UNL is by far the biggest one at a university this year. Earlier this year, SSNs and other personal records of an estimated 350,000 people at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte were exposed when the data became directly accessible over the Internet as the result of a system misconfiguration.
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