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

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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


  • Nick Ryan McKee

    What a load… nobody hacked the network. CBU left the files with all the SS numbers completely open and public. And the STUDENT (yes, student) that accidentally stumbled across the single file that had 100,000 peoples social security numbers… Just another attempt by CBU to take the blame off of itself and make itself look like the victim. No legal action was taken by CBU because the student who found the issue made it immediately clear to those in charge of the data that this was a problem. No one took any information. A good Samaritan student found it and made sure no one else was going to. Good job throwing him under the bus…

  • Lucas

    To confirm that there is some serious issues with the administration, I have been contacted by CBU and I HAVE NO AFFILIATION WITH THAT SCHOOL. They should not have any of my information in their network. What sort of buffoon is in charge of records and can’t tell who is an alum, faculty or staff and who isn’t?

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