Personal data of more than one million people exposed in Georgia Tech’s latest breach

It's the second major security breach the university has seen in the past 12 months.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech's campus in Atlanta. (Georgia Institute of Technology)

As many as 1.3 million individuals associated with the Georgia Institute of Technology had their personal information exposed after an unknown outside entity accessed a central database, university officials announced Tuesday.

The compromised database contains the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and birth dates of current and former faculty, students, staff and student applicants, according to a university press release.

Officials said they became aware of the unauthorized access in late March and took action to correct the issue immediately, but IT officials have not yet determined the total extent of the access or of those who may be affected.

“Those whose data was exposed will be contacted as soon as possible regarding available credit monitoring services,” the press release reads.


Both the U.S. Department of Education and University System of Georgia have been notified, according to the release.

This is not the first cybersecurity incident that Georgia Tech, which is recognized as a leading institution in computer science, has experienced in recent months. Last July, 8,000 students at Tech had personal information leaked in an accidental email attachment sent by the university to students. At the time, university officials said they would review the school’s cybersecurity policy and improve privacy training for faculty.

Responding to the recent breach, Tech officials made no such promises of action but assured the campus community that “Georgia Tech is committed to the privacy and security of its personal data and deeply regrets the potential impact on those affected.”

More information on the breach can be found at

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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