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FSU Personal Information Compromised By Unauthorized User

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On July 23, Ferris State University found that an unauthorized person got around network security and gained access to a computer used to operate the website.

FSU immediately shut down that server and hired a top forensic firm to investigate. 

The investigation did not find any evidence that the unauthorized person actually viewed or removed information.  FSU has received no reports from students or employees that their information has been misused in any way.

FSU sent letters to about 39,000 individuals whose names and Social Security numbers were in files accessed. 

Although no evidence shows that credit information has been misused, the affected individuals being offered one year of free credit monitoring. 

FSU also sent 19,000 letters to current, former and prospective students who's names and campus identification numbers were accessible. 

Students may change their campus ID number by calling 231-591-4822 or toll free at 877-779-4822 or online at https://wwws.ferris.edu/techsupport/forms/cwidform.cfm.

"Ferris recognizes the importance of the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that is provided to us. We will continue to strengthen our security measures to help guard against future attempts of this kind," said John Urbanick, Ferris State University's chief technology officer. 

Ferris State University has set up a dedicated call center for individuals who have questions and steps to protect themselves. The call center is open Monday- Friday 9 AM- 7 PM at 1-877-283-6566.

Katie Boomgaard has the details tonight on 9&10 News.