Data breach at Georgia Tech university compromise millions of records

According to the ethical hacking training specialists from the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS), students, professors and administrative staff of Georgia Tech, a university recognized internationally for its computer science program, have been victims of a data breach incident that would have compromised around 1.3 million of company records.

Georgia Tech recently revealed the incident, highlighting that it is the second data breach that the institution has suffered in the last year. In the first instance it has been confirmed that among the personal details involved are:

  • Full Names
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Dates of birth
  • Addresses

A spokesman for Georgia Tech stated that the institution’s cybersecurity team detected anomalous activity at the end of March, confirming the attack a couple of days later.

Although the spokesman claims that the incident was immediately contained, it is very likely that records stored on Georgia Tech’s systems have been exposed. “We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the extent of the incident,” concluded the spokesman.

Ethical hacking training experts still cannot believe that the incident has been presented in one of the most recognized teaching institutions in the computer area.”This incident is unforgivable for such a relevant institution in computer science,” the experts consider.

All questions about this incident, such as the date on which data theft was presented, the perpetrators of the robbery, who have had access to the leaked information, among other questions, are not yet resolved. Georgia Tech’s spokesman said he still can’t share more details, as the U.S. Department of Education and Georgia University System are participating in the investigation.

Although many may find it strange or ironic that a university specializing in computer science is a frequent victim of data breaches, the ethical hacking training experts emphasize those university institutions is one of the favorite targets of malicious hackers seeking to compromise large data groups.

“It’s no wonder that universities and other education centers are hackers’ targets, in fact they are one of the favorite victims of these threat actors,” the ethical hacking course experts mentioned.