So I did. After a few moments of jazzy hold music, a very polite lady informed me that yes -- I am on their list. "So what do I do?" I asked. She explained how I can go about putting fraud alerts on my accounts, order credit reports, etc. When I asked how many people had been calling since the breach, she said I was the second person to call. Which means either no one knows yet, or no one cares.
Should we care? Bob Gregg, CEO of the breach prevention company, ID Experts, says absolutely. "Too often no one cares until something happens," he said in a phone interview with SF Weekly. Stealing credit information is one thing, but Gregg says there's an open market on the Internet for social security numbers, which can be used for much more creative purposes -- like medical procedures -- that will never show up on a credit report.
Gregg was surprised the school wasn't offering any other protections than a hotline that puts the onus on students to protect their credit (he says his company works with schools every day). In their defense, he added, these kinds of breaches are happening everywhere nowadays. "You'd be amazed at how common this is," said Gregg. "I call it the data breach perfect storm."