RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The FBI is investigating a cyber attack tonight on the VCU campus. Someone hacked into a server that contained the personal information for hundreds of thousands of people.
We know this computer attack came from outside the university. Someone broke into a server for just 16 minutes and VCU says it does not believe any personal information was compromised.
It began on October 24th. VCU discovered suspicious files on an Internet server. Five days later, the investigation revealed someone created two unauthorized accounts on a second server.
That server had the names, social security numbers, date of birth, even contact information for as many as 176,000 people.
"It certainly makes you worried about people getting a hold of that, and identity theft is such a big thing now, especially now," said Mayah Taylor.
"I was scared at first 'cause I was like oh my God, 'cause I check my bank account every once in a while," said Thanh Pham.
VCU says the investigation was unable to determine with 100% certainty that the intruders did not access or copy those files.
But in a statement: VCU said "We believe the likelihood that they did is very low."
VCU says it is reviewing its security measures and procedures and will make improvements to prevent this type of incident from happening again.
The school has established a phone number for your questions about this incident. You can call 855-886-2931. The center is staffed from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are also hours on the weekend.