USC Hit by Data Breach Affecting 34 Thousand

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A web server used to operate the University of South Carolina’s College of Education faced a critical breach, the school recently detailed, according to a report appearing on

The hack attack was initially discovered in June and accounted for personal data belonging to 34 thousand people, both students and faculty.

Stolen data featured social security numbers, names and addresses. The same report indicated that the attack originated overseas and despite its significance, it’s just one in six that have occurred since 2006.

A news story from The State signaled that the school had since moved to notify those affected. Meanwhile, the University appears to be receiving some criticism over its delay in reporting the incident. USC VP for information technology Bill Hogue defended USC’s stance, emphasizing that the school “favored being as accurate and comprehensive as possible,” according to the The State. However, Hogue signaled he could understand why people would be frustrated.

Earlier this year in a similar instance, the University of Maine faced its own data breach when hackers successfully infiltrated the school’s server. However, that incident was relatively minimal as compared to the one that hit USC.