ASU employees still affected by security breach

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - More employees on the campus of Arkansas State University have been affected by tax fraud.

According to Vice Chancellor of ASU, Dr. Len Frey, roughly 150 employees have now become victims, that's about 10% of their staff.

Frey explained that a task force has been working daily to find out how the data was obtained.

"We have not yet been able to determine how the data was obtained or if the data was obtained from ASU or one of our third party vendors," Frey said. "We've learned a lot. In short, we have not been able to identify what has happened."

Frey speculated they've not seen the last of employees affected.

"Because obviously the numbers have increased over the past 2 to 3 weeks, and in discussing this with the IRS, it could well go on up until filing deadlines and beyond," Frey said.

Frey told Region 8 News next week, an identity theft specialist with the Attorney General's Office will come in to discuss what steps the victims should take from here, "...and also, what all of our employees should do," Frey said. "Obviously, some of our employees have not been impacted, the majority have not been impacted at this time, we're all being encouraged to take precautions to take appropriate actions to protect our identities."

Frey added in order to prevent further breaches, they've restricted the amount of people who have access to sensitive data.

"I think any time that we look at our systems, in hindsight we see that we could do better, and that really doesn't matter what we're looking at," Frey said. "We've just tightened up our access to a lot of different things."

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you developments as they become available.

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