The private information, including social security numbers, birth dates, and GPAs, of thousands of Florida International Students has been compromised after someone typed a smiley face emoticon into the school's database. Students are feeling :(, :O, and >:|.
The smiley face apparently rendered the database insecure, and the personal information of some 19,500 current and former students was left vulnerable according to NBC Miami. Students affected had taken a College-Level Academic Skills Test or other standardized tests.
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"We do not know if someone actually took this data, downloaded the data, or is actually utilizing the data," Robert Grillo, FIU's chief information officer, told NBC Miami. "It's a precautionary measure for our students and employees, to make them aware."
The school sent out a letter informing students of the breach, and advised them to contact credit bureaus to place fraud alerts.
Any student who received the letter is asked to call 855-263-3452 if they need more information.