“For a university that’s understaffed and under-resourced, it can be a difficult situation for them,” Oppenheim said.
This is not a new phenomenon. From 2006 to 2013, 550 universities reported some kind of data breach, he said. This year isn’t over, but it has already seen its fair share of headline-grabbing hacks.
Universities under siege in 2015
This year, breaches of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia were blamed on Chinese hackers.
At the University of Connecticut, student Social Security numbers and credit card data were taken. Washington State University and Johns Hopkins University were also the target of attacks.
It’s a trend that is forcing schools to think harder about how they protect students and researchers from a threat that never shows its face on campus.