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Students frustrated with UNF's latest security breach

6:29 PM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A headline on UNF's student newspaper last year asked if they are still vulnerable to hackers. Now, they have an answer.

"They need to step it up. This is ridiculous that this is happening a second time," hacking victim Joann Pierre said.

"Knowing that it could be out there in the public somewhere, it's a bit unracking," said Mitch Haley, another hacking victim.

The University of North Florida is now telling more than 23,000 current and formers students someone hacked their information.

At risk -- the names and Social Security Numbers of people involved in a UNF housing contract from 1997 to spring 2011. UNF only offered up a spokesperson to explain what happened, and said the IT department is too busy to let us see them in action.
So we broke the news to students, letting them read the press release.

"This is crazy that it happened twice. This is the second time it's happening. This is pretty ridiculous," Pierre said.

Haley and John Horton just graduated from UNF. They lived on campus a few years ago and are among the thousands of potential hacking victims.

We also were the first to tell them about what happened.

"It's a little bit concerning because that's my private information that only the school should have access to," Haley said.

"I just started a good job, and now that I'm making money I don't want anyone to mess with it," Horton said.

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