Data from 250,000 accounts exposed in SFU ransomware attack

September 23, 2020
CBC reports that a ransomware attack in March at Simon Fraser University exposed the data of 250,000 accounts, including those of students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni. SFU provided figures this week for the data breach, which included 37,000 students, 35,000 alumni, 6,500 staff and 1,250 faculty, and around 160,000 accounts without email access that belonged to former SFU members. No banking or financial information was compromised, according to the article, but the information breached included student and employee identification numbers, full names, birthdays, course enrolments, and encrypted passwords. SFU Chief Information Officer Mark Roman said that the school did not have to pay a ransom given that the breach was a copy of old data.   CBC  (BC)