UNL Police Report Hacker is a UNL Undergraduate Student

By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

Around 650 thousand University of Nebraska records may have been compromised when a hacker broke into the UNL System. That hacker has been identified as a current UNL undergraduate student.

"We are in the early portion of the investigation," said Owen Yardley, University Police Chief. "We were able to seize several computers and some other equipment that we think was involved in it and we are currently doing an analysis of that equipment.

No charges or arrests have been filed.

"This is the portion of the investigation that is going to take a little time. We are waiting for forensics to come back on the computer equipment probably before we proceed any further with it," said Yardley.

That could take up to two weeks. The student does know the investigation is underway.

Yardley said not releasing the information for a couple of days actually helped the case.

"What that enabled us to do is seize the computers that we believed were involved in it which may not have been available if that person knew there was an investigation at that point," said Yardley. "So that was very beneficial for us."

The case has been turned over to the FBI. The student's name will not be released until an arrest is made.

"That could take several weeks," said Yardley. "At the extreme end there could be some felonies or possibly some federal charges, or it could be misdemeanor offenses."

The University of Nebraska has opened a service center for people whose personal data may have been exposed when a hacker reached a major university database.

A toll-free number has been set up: 888-215-4321. The university says it will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week,
although that might change with call volume.

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