On August 28, 2013, Virginia Tech University became aware of a data breach that may have exposed the sensitive data of about 145,000 people who applied online for jobs at the university over the last 10 years. The data compromised includes names, addresses, employment and education history, and information related to prior convictions. The breach also resulted in the release of driver’s license numbers for about 16,500 applicants.
Lawrence Hincker, associate vice president for university relations, stated that oversight allowed someone to illegally access a server and the data contained therein. The university has notified all applicants whose driver’s license numbers may have been compromised. To comply with state notification laws, however, the university may have more work to do.