The names and social security numbers of 75,000 University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee campus) students and staff (both past and present) has possibly been compromised by a malware attack. Apparently, malware was discovered on a database server that contained the info, it was immediately shut down once the malware was discovered. At this time both law enforcement and school investigators say they have yet to find evidence that any data was actually stolen but they are being cautious. As to the motive behind the malware installation, the university’s vice-chancellor said that they believe the thieves were after research project data; data and research programs the university excels in. The malware was found on a server used by many of the university’s departments to store important research.
There are suspicions that the hack may be more widespread than just this one server but they are still investigating. For their part, university officials have warned students to monitor their financial information and credit card statements to be on the safe side.