UT Dallas Combats Network Intrusion;
Personal Data for 5,000 Potentially Exposed

Web Site Offers Help Protecting Information

RICHARDSON, Texas (Dec. 12, 2006) — Approximately 5,000 students, faculty, and staff of The University of Texas at Dallas as well as other individuals have potentially had sensitive information exposed by a computer network intrusion.

The information that may have been exposed includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

“The University of Texas at Dallas deeply regrets that data on its network may have been placed at risk by a deliberate attack through the Internet,” said President David E. Daniel in a communication to students, faculty and staff. “The University is responding aggressively to defend the integrity of the system and to assess the level of the threat to information contained on the system. 

“There is no indication that the information has been disclosed, disseminated or used to anyone’s detriment at this time,” he said. “However, the University does not seek to minimize the concerns raised by this intrusion, and in the best interests of those potentially affected seeks to notify anyone whose information may have been disclosed.”

The individuals whose information is known to be involved at this time include:

The potential disclosure of data was discovered Sunday, Dec. 10, by University information resources staff.

Most but not all of the networked computing resources on campus have been assessed. Investigation is ongoing and updated information will be issued via email and the University homepage, www.utdallas.edu. The University has reported the intrusion to the appropriate law enforcement authorities who are working with the assistance of UT Dallas staff to ascertain the nature of the potential criminal offense involved and appropriate jurisdiction.

The University is in the process of contacting those individuals whose information could have been exposed. Individuals who are concerned that they might be affected by this intrusion are encouraged to go to https://www.utdallas.edu/datacompromise/form.html to submit contact information so that the University can respond, or call 972-883-3886 to leave contact information.  Further information about protecting yourself (whether your information has been disclosed or not) is available at http://www.utdallas.edu/datacompromise/

Information resources staff will continue to assess and respond to the situation. As a part of that assessment, University computers are being automatically checked by a program that is continuously sweeping the network to search out attempted intrusions.

The University is actively seeking the assistance of news media in spreading the word of this intrusion in order to best reach those potentially affected and make them aware of appropriate steps to take to protect themselves.  For more information or to arrange an interview with Dr. Daniel, call Susan Rogers, vice president for communications, 972-883-2256.

Statement from the President