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Posted On April 8, 2023 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches

Confidential Student Information Exposed in University of Hawaii Maui College Data Breach

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from University of Hawaii Maui College, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.

Data Breach AlertApril 8, 2023 – Following a cyberattack in February 2023, the University of Hawaii Maui College (“UH Hawaii College”) announced the breach on their website on April 6, 2023. However, the specifics of the data breach at UH Maui College remain unknown at this time. UH Maui College has begun mailing data breach notification letters to all persons who were affected by the recent data security issue after verifying that student data was leaked and who it belonged to.

Console & Associates, P.C.’s data breach lawyers are now investigating the University of Hawaii Maui College data leak. If you have gotten a breach notice and are wondering about the risks of identity theft and what you can do to protect yourself, we are offering free consultations where we can go over your legal possibilities for receiving compensation from UH Hawaii College.

About the University of Hawaii Maui College

The University of Hawaii is a public institution that grants a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. UH Hawaii College is based out of Honolulu, but it also includes three universities:

  • University of Hawaiʻi Maui College
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
  • University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu
  • University of Hawai’I at Mānoa

And seven community colleges throughout the state:

  • Hawaiʻi Community College in Hilo
  • Kauaʻi Community College
  • Windward Community College
  • Leeward Community College
  • Honolulu Community College
  • Kapiʻolani Community College
  • Hawaiʻi Community College in Kailua Kona

The University of Hawai’i, which opened in 1907, has grown to employ more than 3,521 people and bring in over $246 million annually in income.

Information About the University of Hawai’i Maui College Breach

UH Maui College discovered suspicious activity on its network in February 2023, according to a notice published on the school’s website. To find out what, if any, student data was compromised, the school shut down its computers and sought the advice of cybersecurity specialists.

According to research conducted by University of Hawaii Maui College, some data stored on the institution’s IT network had been accessed without authorization. Further investigation indicated that around 10,500 pupils’ personal information was stored in these folders.

After learning that private customer information had fallen into the wrong hands, the University of Hawaii at Maui College began sifting through the hacked files to learn exactly what data had been exposed and how many people had been affected. As a further measure against potential intrusion, UH Maui College has mandated that all employees update their passwords.

Following the current data security issue, on April 6, 2023, the University of Hawai’i Maui College notified all individuals whose information was exposed by mailing them a data breach letter.

What If Your Personal Information is Leaked in a Data Breach?

If you receive a breach notification from University of Hawaii Maui College, it is likely that your personally identifiable information was among the information compromised in the attack. Your personal information may have been compromised.

Data stolen by hackers through data breaches is often sold on the dark web for financial gain or identity theft. Consumers can take some efforts to reduce their vulnerability to identity theft, but there are no foolproof ways to prevent their information from falling into the wrong hands.

We’ve compiled a short list of actions you should take immediately if you suspect a data breach has occurred at your organization. If your bank accounts or Social Security number have been compromised, you may wish to take further safeguards beyond those listed here.

Read the Data Breach Letter

If a data breach compromises an individual’s personal information, the affected parties will be notified. These letters explain the nature of the incident, the efforts UH Hawaii College is doing to protect affected users’ data in the future, and whether or not any affected users have fallen victim to fraud or identity theft. Read the data breach letter in its entirety before making any decisions.

Freeze Your Credit or Sign Up for Fraud Alert

The three major credit agencies offer free credit freezes and fraud alerts, but credit monitoring costs money. When your credit is frozen, no one can access it without your permission. The Identity Theft Resource Center recommends a credit freeze as the most effective way to prevent further fraud after your personal information has been stolen. A fraud alert will notify the credit checking company that suspicious activity has been detected in your account.

Monitor Your Financial Accounts and Credit Report

Once hackers obtain your information, they’ll move swiftly to utilize it before you have a chance to delete your accounts and prevent further misuse. The information the hackers stole from UH Hawaii College may not have been sufficient for the crimes they planned to execute. If that’s the case, they’ll need time to compile all the relevant information before they can use your contribution, which might take weeks or months. Be on the lookout for any suspicious activity on your accounts.

Change All Passwords to Online Accounts

If a data breach compromises your private information, you should immediately change the passwords to all of your online accounts. Even if you are aware of which accounts were breached, you should change the passwords for all of them. It is possible for hackers to enter any account and steal sensitive information.

If You Have Been Affected by University of Hawaii Maui College Data Breach, Console & Associates, P.C. Can Help

The consumer privacy lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. help customers affected by data and security breaches pursue legal solutions by offering free consultations. By explaining your rights in clear, concise terms, we help you make an informed decision about your next steps. If you are a victim of the University of Hawaii Maui College data breach, Console & Associates, P.C. will investigate at no charge to you and offer advice on how to proceed. If you decide to pursue a case, rest assured that we don’t get paid unless you do. If your claim is successful, legal fees are either paid out of the funds recovered or by the defendant. If your claim is not successful, you pay nothing.

To schedule your free consultation, just call (866) 778-5500 today or fill out our secure contact form.

Below is a portion of the notice posted to their website:

In mid-February, University of Hawaiʻi Maui College learned that an unauthorized third party may have gained access to the University’s computer network. UH Information Technology Services officials took immediate action as soon as the incident was discovered.

Experts were engaged to investigate and determine the nature and scope of the incident, which was also reported to law enforcement. The intrusion was isolated to the UH Maui College network, which had been protected by a firewall and other safeguards before the event. This event did not impact other networks in the UH System.

Based on the investigation results, the University identified potentially-impacted files and conducted an extensive review of those files to identify any individuals who may need to be notified. UH Maui also emailed current employees and staff alerting them to this incident and instructing them to change their passwords.

Notification letters are being sent out to about 10,500 individuals who may have been impacted, which will include an offer of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services through Experian.

“UH and UH Maui College take the responsibility to protect the data entrusted to the university seriously,” said Garret Yoshimi, the UH Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer. “We are fully committed to protecting students’ and employees’ personal information and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or concern this may have caused.”

Additional steps affected persons may take include:

Freezing their credit file

Placing fraud alerts on their account or credit file

Reviewing account statements and reporting fraud

Changing passwords and security verification questions and answers

Ordering free annual credit reports at [Redacted] or by calling (877) 322-­8228.

Current and former UH Maui College students and employees who believe they may have been affected can also call (888) 493-2172 between the hours of 3 a.m.–3 p.m. HST Monday–Friday (excluding major U.S. holidays).

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH letter from University of Hawaii Maui College, contact the attorneys at Console & Associates at (866) 778-5500 to discuss your legal options, or submit a confidential Case Evaluation form here.