The University of Minnesota is a large public school based in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The school serves more than 50,000 students annually and handles significant student data. The school recently suffered from a data breach that exposed alumni from the school dating all the way back to 1989.
We aren't sure how the university data breach occurred, only that a huge amount of personal data was taken from the school and posted online in a dark web forum or another public site. Evidence of the data being taken was found online and the school began conducting an official investigation to determine the full extent of the data breach.
In August, data from the University of Minnesota students was located on a Dark Web forum. There is no confirmed information from the investigation being carried out by the University of Minnesota staff, but this breach could impact millions of past students.
Approximately 7 million University of Minnesota alumni are believed to be impacted by this data breach. We suspect that Social Security numbers and additional personal data were taken from students as far back as 1989. If you attended the school at any point back to 1989, you should monitor your credit and look for potential signs of fraud or identity theft.
We don't have an official file count for all the documents involved in this data breach, but it's likely that a large number of documents were accessed by the attackers while stealing information from the school.