Students’ Information Compromised by Data Breach at Harvard Business School

Students’ Information Compromised by Data Breach at Harvard Business School

Posted February 25, 2021

Students’ Information Compromised by Data Breach at Harvard Business School

  • Harvard Business School is working to respond to a data breach that compromised students’ personal information, including some social security numbers and exam submissions.
  • HBS Chief Information Officer Ronald “Ron” S. Chandler initially announced the breach in an email to school affiliates on Jan. 11.
  • Chandler wrote that the Business School was notified by a software vendor of unauthorized access to its files on Dec. 29, after which the school launched an investigation. The investigation found that one or more “unauthorized third parties” had downloaded “files containing personal information” between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23.
  • Brian C. Kenny, a spokesperson for the Business School, wrote in an emailed statement Wednesday that HBS had been informed of the software vulnerability prior to Dec. 29, and had accepted a “software patch” that the vendor provided.

– Carrie Hsu | February 25, 2021