On April 23, The University of Texas at Austin officials announced that an unknown person or persons gained entry to the McCombs School of Business computers and gained unauthorized access to a large number of the school’s electronic records. An estimated 197,000 records were accessed. An investigation has determined that information from the business school’s computer system was obtained as early as April 11, including some Social Security numbers and possibly other biographical data, including those of alumni, faculty, staff and current and prospective students of the business school as well as corporate recruiters.
The school is continuing to investigate the details of the event and has encouraged all affected parties to take steps to protect their personal information. Letters and e-mails will be mailed to individuals who were directly affected, with detailed information about their records and recommendations on how to protect themselves from identity theft. Notification will also be sent to those whose information was stored on the same system, even though their Social Security numbers were not accessed. To learn more about this event and for recommendations on how to respond to data theft, please review http://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/datatheft/.
At this time, the school has found that information gathered to create and maintain (e.g., password) a recruiter’s McCombs Community account was potentially accessed by unauthorized users. A McCombs Community account allowed access the McCombs Job Board, and it was the only recruiter database which was accessed without proper authorization. The Symplicity On-campus Recruiting and ACCESSUT accounts were not affected.
In response to this incident, the McCombs Job Board has been temporarily disabled. New security measures are being implemented. All community account passwords will be reset and McCombs Community account holders will receive a system generated message with a temporary password. A message will be sent to you once the system is online again. Once you receive this message, you should reset your McCombs Community account password. It is not recommended that you use the same password that was previously used on the McCombs Community account..
If you have questions, please contact FCCRecruitmentServices@mccombs.utexas.edu.