Christian Brothers University system hacked, Social Security numbers may have been stolen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s the talk of the campus at Christian Brothers University.

“We’re just like, oh my god! Are you kidding me?”

That’s what CBU student Alani Lee has to say about it.

About 100,000 students, alumni and staff at CBU are getting a letter letting them know someone hacked into the school’s data system, and that person could have their Social Security numbers.

School officials say they are working to get in front of the problem.

“In an abundance of caution, we just figured we would notify the people who were affected,” CBU’s Wendy Sumner-Winter said.

The school says it knows who hacked the system – a man associated with the school, but shouldn’t have had access to the network. Now students are fearing the worst.

Lee said, “Ugh. I just feel so violated. We trust these people! We give them our information to make better lives for ourselves, and you do this to us?”

Lee and her friends are afraid this breach could come back to haunt them in the future when they try to buy a car or a house.

“The one thing as college students we fear the most is someone stealing our identity before we go into the real world and make those mistakes for ourselves.”

School officials say they are doing everything they can to make the system more secure, and already took action against the person who did it.

“We are pretty sure nothing happened with that data. We are also certain we have closed that gap,” said Sumner-Winter.

In response to this information breach, the city has created a website and phone-line for you to call if you have any questions. Call 901-321-4004 or email askcbu@cbu.edu.

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