Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee announced yesterday the school’s internal systems were recently hacked and bugged with malware, putting at risk the Social Security numbers of approximately 75,000 students, faculty and staff.
The school’s technology staff discovered in May that malicious software had been installed remotely and was allowing access to the school’s database. The infected server was immediately shut down.
University Vice Chancellor Tom Luljak explained the computer attack may have been an attempt by someone to get a look at university research.
“Talking to the forensic experts, we don’t believe the motive was identity theft,” he said. “We are a research institution with a significant number of projects under way. It is theorized that this may have been an attempt to look at work being done.”
Luljak said it took about six weeks to determine the specifics of the security breach.
UWM sent letters to those potentially affected by the security breach, which are primarily current and former students and employees.