COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) — A recent audit revealed personal data of potential University of Maryland students, including some credit card numbers, was vulnerable to hacking because it was stored on public servers.
The audit analyzed the University System of Maryland Office from Feb. 2008 to March 2011.
Student names and Social Security numbers were stored with the credit card numbers on one of the university’s non-encrypted servers according to The Washington Examiner.
No data was compromised and school officials are confident their IT department would have been aware if a breach had occurred.
Thanks in part to a $198 million endowment fund, the university began the process of updating their security in Dec. 2010, before the audit was completed. Part of that process included the removal of personal data from the vulnerable servers.