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UNO Security Breach: Steps to Identify I.D. Theft

Last week, the University of Nebraska announced someone had breached security, accessing records of more than 650,000 students and alumni.

Now, it looks like the database included more than just student information.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, a spokesperson for the university says the database not only included personal records for students, but also personal data belonging to parents of students who applied for financial aid and employees at the college.

That means 650,000 student and alumni records, bank information for as many as 30,000 students, social security numbers, addresses, housing information, financial aid records and transcripts were compromised. The university waited two days to tell the public.

"When an incident happens we bring all of the necessary resources. We had probably 25 to 30 individuals working on this since the moment it happened," said University of Nebraska security officer Joshua Mauk.

"It's a pretty amazing feat to do in the scope of 48 hours, considering the scope of the attack," he said.

Now, parents and employees are being added to the list. So, what do you do if you are a victim of Identify theft?

The Federal Trade Commission has a list of steps that you can take to report any fraudulent use of your identity. They also have a chart to keep track of the people you've talked to, so you can stay organized.

The first thing you should do is place a fraud alert on your credit reports by calling any of the three nationwide credit reporting companies. Then check your credit report periodically for any changes.

Second, close the accounts that you think have been tampered with, or opened fraudulently. File a report with your local police station on where the identity theft took place, and file a complaint with the FTC.

Finally, remain alert. Warning signs include missing bills or other mail, receiving credit cards that you didn't apply for, being denied credit, and getting calls from debt collectors.

You can find the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft website here:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/consumers/defend.html#WhatarethestepsIshouldtakeifImavictimofidentitytheft

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