The cause of the security breach at University of Maryland is under investigation.
Hackers targeting the University of Maryland have made off with the personal information, including Social Security numbers of 309,079 students, faculty, staff and alumni from both the College Park and Shady Grove campuses.
The database that was hacked also included names, dates of birth and University identification numbers of anyone who has been issued a University ID since 1998, according to a letter from University President Wallace Loh. Financial, academic, health and contact information was not compromised.
Loh says the school is cooperating with state and federal law enforcement investigating the incident, who are using computer forensics to determine how the school's security measures were compromised.
High-profile hacking incidents have been making headlines in recent years. Ohio State University suffered its own large-scale security breach in 2010. And just last year, hackers made off with the personal information of more than 40 million shoppers at the retailer Target.
UMD will offer one free year of credit monitoring to all affected by the breach. Further information on the data breach will be posted at UMD.edu/datasecurity.