Updated 04/26/2012 05:08 PM
The College at Brockport Identifies Source of Data Breach
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When paying for lunch at SUNY Brockport, at least through the end of the year, it's cash. Not credit or debit.
"We can't use our credit cards now, so it's like bothering a lot of people," said Sheena Murray, a junior.
The issue: someone hacked into the college's computers, stealing bank and credit card information; a problem discovered earlier this month.
"Our university police started receiving reports from faculty, staff and students that their credit cards had been compromised,” said David Mihalyov, college communications officer.
In response, SUNY Brockport stopped accepting cards at cafes, dining halls and coffee kiosks, while determining that malware got in through a hole in the computer system.
“We owe it to the whole campus community to make sure we're doing the best we can to make sure this doesn't happen again. So although we found this issue, we're taking steps to add additional network security,” said Mihalyov.
For many students, the breach is troubling.
"It really is, because you can’t know how safe you are,” said Murray. “You don’t know if it's an inside job or outside job so you're not really sure."
Senior Brittany Cain had $200 stolen; spent at a Best Buy in California. Other students saw their money go as far away as France, Serbia, and Australia.
“It's frustrating. You're trying to go about getting your regular stuff done and someone takes your money,” Cain said.
Most of the students YNN spoke with who lost money have since been reimbursed by their bank or credit card company. Campus security is working with other law enforcement, including the FBI.
Students won't be able to use credit or debit cards now through the end of the semester; an unwanted course in security, taught far too often.
"The reality is in today's world, this happens every day, all across the world,” Mihalyov said.
The college says it is taking steps to add additional network security.