Office of the President

Statement from Dr. David E. Daniel Regarding Computing Network Intrusion

“The University of Texas at Dallas deeply regrets that data in its network were potentially exposed by a deliberate attack through the Internet. We have no evidence that personally identifiable information was disclosed, disseminated or misused. Nonetheless, we have a responsibility to make full disclosure of what we learn, as we learn it. Most importantly, we want to do all that we can to assist those who may be affected by this potential disclosure in taking the appropriate steps to protect themselves.

“To date, the University has devoted all available resources to defend its system against this attack and to work with law enforcement to stop these intrusions. No attempted intrusions have been detected since 1:36 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2006.  Investigation and assessment of what may be at risk will be continuing. There may be further findings of data that may have been placed at risk. We will make the community aware of any such findings as soon as we can.

“To assist people in protecting themselves we are initiating the process of notifying people who might be affected. We have created a Web site that contains useful information for anyone concerned about the protection of their personal information, and we urge anyone with questions to visit the site, which links off our home page, www.utdallas.edu, and to use the information there.

“It is an unfortunate fact of modern life that personal information is vulnerable. The University of Texas at Dallas will examine the way in which it has approached monitoring of these resources. We are committed to enforcing existing standards and developing new standards as needed to safeguard the integrity of our systems and to protect the data with which we have been entrusted.”

Updated: October 3, 2007