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University of Michigan Data Breach Investigation

The Lyon Firm is investigating a data breach impacting potentially thousands of students and employees at the University of Michigan. Contact our legal team if you believe your personal data has been exposed after the UM data security incident.

The University of Michigan has posted a notice of data breach on its website after hackers allegedly cracked their network in August and accessed IT systems with information belonging to students, applicants, alumni, donors, employees, patients, and research study participants.

The unauthorized access to the UM servers apparently lasted for four days, between August 23-27. An official notice has been posted, explaining that the personal data exposed included contact information, financial data, and medical details.

The University of Michigan isolated the entire campus network when they discovered the attack in an attempt to minimize the impact. However, the school says for students, applicants, alumni, donors, employees, and contractors, the following details were still potentially exposed:

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license or government-issued ID number
  • Financial account
  • Payment card number
  • Health information

Personal data belonging to participants in research studies and patients of the University Health Service and School of Dentistry may have also been impacted, with the following information at risk:

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license number
  • financial information
  • Health insurance information
  • Clinical information (diagnosis or treatment or medication history)

Data Breach notification letters have been sent to all individuals whose information may have been compromised. If you have been contacted by the university, feel free to reach out to a data privacy lawyer to learn more about your legal options. You may be able to file a class action data breach claim and seek compensation for current or future damages.

Data security incidents can expose individuals to a variety of identity theft and fraud risks, and those responsible for data leaks can be held accountable. Even a small amount of personal data can be used against you by cyber-criminals, and it is in your best interest to protect yourself following a data theft event.

The Lyon Firm has filed dozens of data breach lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs in numerous states across the country. Victims of data theft deserve to be compensated for their future risks, and holding negligent entities accountable can be considered. Contact our data breach lawyers now for a free University of Michigan data breach case review.