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Date: May 2, 2007

Subject: Special Alert

The university was made aware of an incident potentially compromising database security on Tuesday, May 1. A current UWF student was able to access sensitive student information by using another student's Web site address containing an embedded password. The student obtained this address through the university's online directory.

Upon notification of this breach, immediate steps were taken to remove the Web site entry from the directory and change the password for the Argonet account in question. System logs are being examined to determine if there have been other security breaches linked to this account. This analysis has been underway continuously since the incident was reported.

As of now, there is no evidence indicating use of the account by anyone other than the account owner and the student who discovered the password.

The university is undertaking an extensive review of all policies related to database security to prevent similar incidents in the future. Additionally, Florida law is being followed in regard to notification of individuals who may have been affected by this breach.

As further information becomes available, the campus community will be apprised of it. Information regarding enhanced safety measures and tips for individuals to protect themselves from potential security breaches is forthcoming as well.

Because UWF doesn't email students about this where it'd be more likely to be seen. They don't want to cause a panic, I'm sure, but at the same time, do they really know the extent of the damages/who all was affected by this? What a hell of a way to wake up one morning and find that you can't get to that all-important thesis you've been working on for the last two years that's due in a week.

In other news, there are at least 8 movies I want to see now, Transformers aside, and in just under an hour, I do not work at the library again for OVER A WEEK. There just aren't words to describe how thrilled I am at that concept. ^^


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May. 5th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I actually heard about this through Tim. Two days before UWF made the announcement. I went to WEARTV.com and checked it out, because the student that found the compromised data contacted channel 3 news before he contacted the University.
May. 5th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
So it stands to be seen whether or not they actually planned on informing any of us at all... Yay.
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