University says no data stolen after employee responded to ‘Nigerian prince’ email scam
A University of Alaska employee fell for the well-worn "Nigerian prince" email scam, leading to a data breach at the university's Mat-Su campus but one in which hackers didn't appear to steal any private information, including thousands of names and Social Security numbers, university officials said.UA announced the data breach in a prepared statement earlier this week, several months after the university "became aware that an unknown hacker using an employee's credentials gained access to UA data systems at the Mat-Su campus."Those systems housed the names and Social Security numbers of more than 5,400 students and staff at the campus. For some, the data also included academic transcripts, grant award amounts, addresses and phone numbers.Even though the hacker could obtain that information, a university investigation found no evidence that the person actually did, said Robbie Graham, UA associate vice president of public affairs and federal relations."As far as we can tell, the information was never accessed," she said. "So nothing ever happened as a result of the person responding to the fraudulent email."
So, Gentle Reader, what say you? Did they get lucky? Or are they trying to downplay the incident? After all, it has been "several months" since the University became aware of the event.
Or does "As far as we can tell" translate to "We'll never admit it"?