LINCOLN — Records of the Nebraska State College System were part of the computer security breach of the University of Nebraska, state college officials said Friday.
The breach affected student records from Chadron State, Peru State and Wayne State Colleges.
Authorities have not identified any large data transfers from the state college system, according to a statement issued by Stan Carpenter, chancellor of the state college system.
The state college data system does not hold students' bank account or credit card numbers, Carpenter said.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln police have confiscated computer equipment from a UNL undergraduate who is a suspect in the case.
Carpenter said officials were notified Wednesday that state colleges were part of the computer security breach discovered May 23 by the NU system and publicized two days later.
The computer system is used to manage data on NU admissions, tuition, housing and grades. It includes financial data and Social Security numbers for hundreds of thousands of NU students and alumni dating to 1985.
University officials said last week that records of the state college system might be part of the security breach. Both the university and state college systems use the Nebraska Student Information System.
“Please understand that we have just begun our comprehensive investigation into this incident,” said Carpenter's statement.
A toll-free service center has been established to assist students, alumni and employees whose data might be vulnerable after the security breach. The center may be reached by dialing 888-215-4321.
Initially, the center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST seven days a week.
The hours may be adjusted later depending on the volume of calls. Anyone with concerns about data in the Nebraska Student Information System may call.
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