In our digital age, no institution is immune to cyber threats, not even prestigious academic institutions like Whitworth University. On July 29, 2022, Whitworth University, a reputable private Christian institution in Spokane, Washington, fell victim to a ransomware attack that exposed the sensitive information of over 65,000 students and staff.
If you received notice that your information was part of the breach, seek legal guidance right away.
What Caused the Attack? What Are the Implications?
Hackers infiltrated the university’s network, encrypting and copying files. They subsequently demanded a ransom for the data’s return and to prevent its online dissemination.
This was not an isolated event. Ransomware attacks on educational institutions have become alarmingly common.
The stolen data included personal student information, including Social Security numbers, student ID numbers, dates of birth, passport numbers, and health information. Such exposure places affected students at severe risk of identity theft and other fraud.
Whitworth University quickly took measures to address the breach. They hired cybersecurity experts to investigate, notified the Maine Attorney General’s office, and alerted all impacted parties. Despite these actions, the potential for misuse remains once criminals obtain your data.
Contact a Data Breach Lawyer Today
The Whitworth University data breach has undoubtedly caused distress and uncertainty among those affected. Stand up for your legal rights as a consumer and protect yourself from potential threats. Knowing your rights, ensuring credit monitoring, and staying vigilant are just a few ways to protect yourself against identity theft and fraud following compromised data.
Take proactive steps to protect your finances and future by calling a data breach lawyer right now.
As students and staff deal with the consequences of this breach, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP is ready to provide guidance and legal assistance, ensuring that those responsible are held accountable and your rights are fiercely protected. Contact us today or call (877) 488-1707.