On Friday, November 18, 2016, MSU released a statement regarding a data breach and briefed MSU deans. Information about this data breach is posted at https://msu.edu/datasecurity/. MSU has confirmed that 449 records of individuals were accessed by an unauthorized user and these records contained name and Social Security numbers. The particular database in question contained a total of approximately 400,000 records. MSU is taking every precaution possible and offering ID protection services to all 400,000 people. The database in question did not include passwords, financial, academic, contact, or health information.
Help Protect Your Identity:
- Beginning November 22, 2016. Michigan State University will be offering free credit monitoring. You can find out more about at the following:
- Phone: 1-855-231-9331
- Website: https://msu.allclearid.com
- Get your free credit reports from annualcreditreport.com. Check for any accounts or charges you don't recognize.
- Consider placing a credit freeze. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name.
- If you place a credit freeze, be ready to take a few extra steps the next time you apply for a new credit card or cell phone, or any service that requires a credit check.
- If you decide not to place a credit freeze, at least consider placing a fraud alert.
Don't believe anyone who calls and says you will be arrested unless you immediately pay back taxes or a debt--even if they have part or all of your Social Security number, or they say they're from the IRS.
Continue to check your credit reports at annualcreditreport.com. You can order a free report from each of the three credit reporting companies once a year.
If you have any questions about the data breach, please refer to https://msu.edu/datasecurity/