Tech Reports Unauthorized Access of Computer Data
Individuals that may be impacted include current and former employees from Electrical and Computer Engineering
Posted February 21, 2007 | Atlanta, GA
Approximately 3,000 current and former Georgia Tech employees have been sent a letter informing them that personal information may have been compromised by unauthorized access to a Georgia Tech computer account by unknown sources outside the Institute. The information included names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other potentially sensitive information including approximately 400 state purchasing card numbers.
Although Georgia Tech is unaware of any misuse of the information from the compromised computer account, as a precautionary measure, individuals affected by this incident are being contacted and encouraged to notify the appropriate credit reporting agencies that their personal information may have been compromised. In addition, Georgia Tech has alerted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Georgia Tech regrets that this potential loss of data occurred and will work with the affected individuals to mitigate their exposure," said James Fetig, associate vice president of Institute Communications and Public Affairs. "Our investigation is continuing, and we apologize for any inconvenience this incident may cause."
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's premiere research universities. Ranked eighth among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, Georgia Tech has17,000 students enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and African-American engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.