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UMD Data Breach
En Español


The deadline to enroll for 5 years of free credit monitoring through Experian expired on May 31, 2014.


On February 18, 2014, the University of Maryland was the victim of a sophisticated computer security attack that exposed records containing personal information. The university regrets this breach of our computer and data systems.

In efforts to notify all students, alumni, staff and faculty who were affected, the university:

  • Sent notices by mail to known U.S. Postal addresses of all affected individuals
  • Sent emails to large lists, including to large alumni databases
  • Made robo-calls to phone numbers in our system
  • Set up the umd.edu/datasecurity microsite that included Spanish translation
  • Appeared in hundreds of media stories in national, regional and local outlets
  • Posted on its social media channels

To educate the UMD community about data security and to help protect against identity theft, the university:

  • Offered a free, 5-year membership of Experian's ProtectMyID — the enrollment window closed on May 31, 2014
  • Launched a comprehensive, top-to-bottom investigation of all computing and information systems, which included the formation of the President's Task Force on Cybersecurity
  • Held a series of information sessions and seminars on data security and identity theft protection.
    Click here for Identity Theft Protection seminar materials and video.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who was affected by the data breach?
    • The breached database contained 287,580 records of faculty, staff, students and affiliated personnel from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses. Specifically, the breach includes:

      • All faculty, staff and students who were in possession of a University ID anytime between 1998 and February 18, 2014; and
      • Students who attended UMD between 1992 and 1998.

  • What kind of data was accessed?
    • The records included name, Social Security number, date of birth, and University identification number. No financial, academic, contact, or health information was compromised.

  • Is there a police report case number associated with the breach?
    • The police report case number associated with the UMD data breach is 14-7257. A police case number is required sometimes if you are attempting to place a security freeze on your credit file.

  • How did it occur?
    • The cause of the security breach is under investigation by the University of Maryland Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service and federal law enforcement authorities, as well as forensic computer investigators.

  • ¿Cómo se está transmitiendo esta información a la comunidad que habla español?