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Posted: Thursday, 20 February 2014 5:05AM

University of Md. Security Breach Impacts over 300K Students and Staff



iStock/Thinkstock (BALTIMORE) -- The University of Maryland is the latest victim of a massive data breach. The school admits more than 300,000 social security numbers were stolen from a database containing information on anybody who received a school ID since 1998.

UMD's Diamondback newspaper reports staff and student birth dates, names, university identification numbers in addition to social security numbers were among the information stolen. The university confirmed that no financial, medical or academic information was compromised, according to the newspaper.

"This is a bad breach," Adam Levin, co-founder of Identity Theft 911, tells ABC News. "The problem is when they get your social security number they have an option on your life, and the question isn't if but when they're going to exercise that option."

Levin says that, at some point, most people will become victim of identity theft of some form.

"This is the new normal," he said.

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