Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

September 25, 2013

Va. Tech blames human error for hacking attack

ROANOKE, Va. — A Virginia Tech spokesman says human error enabled a hacking attack that exposed the driver’s license numbers of more than 16,000 job applicants.

The university announced Tuesday that a computer server in its Department of Human Resources was illegally accessed on Aug. 28.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker tells The Roanoke Times that protections and protocols to prevent hackers from accessing sensitive information weren’t followed.

More than 144,000 people used the school’s online employment application process between 2003 and 2013. Virginia Tech said 16,642 people provided their driver’s license numbers in response to a question regarding professional licenses or certificates.

The university is offering a year of free credit monitoring services to people whose driver’s license numbers were accessed.

The breach didn’t compromise Social Security or credit card information.

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