Sunday, May 9, 2021

Accellion Data Breach: Alumni, Applicants, and Student Petition

According to the Daily Bruin, the Accellion data breach may affect alumni and applicants for admission. Neither group has yet been officially notified or offered one year of Experian data monitoring.

UC applicants and alumni were not included in the email notification, said Stett Holbrook, a UC Office of the President spokesperson, in an emailed statement. The University is currently working to identify and notify individuals who were impacted by the breach within the next 45 to 60 days...

Hannah Stitt began a petition asking the UC to provide students with credit and identity monitoring for life after learning her Social Security number was on the dark web.*

“What I was thinking is just how shortsighted it was to only offer the credit monitoring for one year when it’s not like the risk that we have now is going to suddenly go away after one year,” said Stitt, a fourth-year history and education transfer student at UC Santa Cruz. “So that’s what motivated me to ask for extended monitoring because, in my opinion, that’s the bare minimum.”

The petition has received more than 6,000 signatures from UC alumni and students at the time of publication.

Stitt said the UCSC Student Union Assembly has since reached out to her to create a resolution with similar requests to her petition. Stitt said the resolution is still in progress, but she hopes the UCSC chancellor will see it and pass it on to the UC president...

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*The petition is at

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