Thursday, 4 Mar 2021

Names, birthdays, email addresses of thousands potentially exposed in SFU data breach

Simon Fraser University says it has suffered a data breach that could potentially affect thousands of people.

The school said Monday it had been the target of a ransomware attack, and that the breach affects “faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees who joined the University prior to June 20, 2019.”

The school says student and employee numbers, names, birthdates, external email addresses, mail list memberships, course enrollments and encrypted passwords were exposed.

It was not immediately clear exactly how many people were affected.

“The university deeply regrets this incident, we are working diligently to contain the situation and are committed to helping mitigate the potential risks and harm to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees,” said SFU in a statement.

The school is asking students and staff to change their passwords immediately.

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