Someone hacked into a computer server at The Ohio State University, putting 760,000 people's personal data at risk, the university said Wednesday.
The server that was illegally accessed contained names, addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for current and former students, faculty members, staff, applicants, consultants and contractors, the university said.
It doesn't appear that anyone's personal data were accessed, the university said, but Ohio State is providing a year of free credit protection services to those potentially affected.
"We are committed to maintaining the privacy of sensitive information and continually work to enhance our systems and practices to reduce the likelihood of such events occurring," Provost Joseph A. Alutto said on the university's website.
The breach occurred in October, but the university waited for forensic investigators to give their reports and school officials to develop solutions before notifying potential victims and the public, Ohio State's student newspaper, The Lantern, reported.
Those experts, Interhack of Columbus and Stroz Friedberg of New York, determined that the hackers wanted to use the server to launch cyberattacks, not steal identities, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported.
The hacked database did not contain anyone's medical information, CNN affiliate WBNS reported.
The university expects the investigation and credit protection services to cost it $4 million, according to the Dispatch.