Letter to the Community
March 7, 2014
The University of Central Oklahoma has discovered a potential compromise of the university’s UCONNECT web page. Our technicians have found that a limited number of user accounts has recently experienced unauthorized password changes.
These users are being directly notified because their UCONNECT account had a password reset that fell within the parameters of this investigation. Although we have no evidence that an unauthorized user has actually retrieved and is manipulating personal information, we are bringing this incident to your attention so that you can be on alert to signs of any possible misuse of your personal identity.
While it appears that the UCO database has not been compromised, the university is concerned that with access to UCONNECT, an unauthorized user could view alternate e-mail addresses, financial aid records, grades, and other information. In addition, your UCO e-mail account may be accessed.
The university will not ask you for account information nor usernames and passwords. There are additional steps you can take to protect yourself.
- You may place a fraud alert with credit bureaus and/or periodically run a credit report to ensure accounts have not been activated without your knowledge.
- If you determine that your bank account or credit/debit card has been fraudulently used, you should contact law enforcement and your financial provider.
- Frequently check your UCO and alternate e-mail account for password resets or other activity notices from any accounts that use the e-mail for verification purposes.
- For any accounts that allow the ability to send a reset code to your text messaging, you may wish to enable that feature.
- If you have not already done so in the past two weeks, you should go to UCONNECT and re-set your password.
The university is working diligently to address challenges caused by this incident. As the situation develops, we will provide additional information regarding further actions or precautions that you should take. Please visit http://www.uco.edu/cybersecurity. If you have additional concerns, please visit the IT Service Desk in the Max Chambers Library.
We regret any inconvenience this incident presents to you and will continue to keep you informed. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to investigate this offense.