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University of Missouri Data Breach Investigation

The Lyon Firm is investigating all individuals impacted by the MOVEit ransomware attack that has impacted millions worldwide. Months after the attack, the University of Missouri reported that around 118,000 individuals may have had their personal data compromised. Contact our lawyers to discuss your legal options if the university has sent you notice of data breach.

After a large-scale attack on hundreds of entities, the University of Missouri System was notified of a data breach involving MOVEit, a file transfer software used to share files between organizations. The MOVEit breach has originated in late May 2023, and the fallout is still ongoing. An investigation has been conducted by IT security experts, and most have concluded that the organizations hit by the attack have had large amounts of personal information leaked.

After a third party vendor notified University of Missouri officials about the data security incident, the school immediately initiated an investigation to determine what personal data of student or staff may have been impacted. If you received a letter in the mail about the breach, it should provide you more details about what data is at risk.

What Happened?

University data was stored on third-party servers, which were hacked. Pension Benefit Information, a subcontractor with several university vendors, and the National Student Clearinghouse, which is used to verify academic information and educational data reporting, were both affected by the MOVEit data breach. The files stolen from these vendors might have included personal information from the student database on current or former students of the University of Missouri.

After the breach, the university recommended that anyone impacted take steps to mitigate the risks of fraud and identity theft. It is prudent for anyone involved to stay vigilant for signs of fraud, to change all passwords, check financial accounts, check credit reports and keep your wits about you regarding suspicious phone calls and emails.

To learn more about the University of Missouri data breach incident or the ongoing MOVEit ransomware litigation, you may contact our legal team. We can help you asses your best steps moving forward and to discuss possible legal action. By filing a class action data breach lawsuit, you can recover compensation and hold any negligent party accountable for their lack of IT security.