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Burglary triggers online security alert at UW-Platteville


PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- The arrest of a burglary suspect has revealed a potentially larger threat at UW-Platteville.

The suspect may have also gained access to online security information of university staff and students.

As a result, authorities are recommending that all university faculty, students and staff immediately change their passwords.

UW-Platteville released the following statement Friday night:

On Thursday, Dec. 12, a timely warning was sent to notify the UW-Platteville campus community of a burglary in Gardner Hall. University Police quickly identified a suspect, and the suspect is currently in custody. 

During the course of the investigation, it was learned the suspect may have gained access to several usernames and passwords for university staff and students. The university is dedicated to protecting its community from additional impacts related to this incident, the university is recommending that ALL university faculty, students and staff immediately change their passwords. 

To assist in ensuring the integrity of the new passwords, it is strongly recommended that individuals change their password from a personal device or at the Bear's Den computing facility, located in the Markee Pioneer Student Center, rather than on other computers throughout campus. For information on how to change passwords, go to the UW-Platteville home page and type "Password Management" into the website search box. That will take you to a webpage that will provide information around passwords at the university. 

Additionally, the following items are recommended to further increase protection of the university community:

- Change your password for university applications if they differ from your network password
- Minimize the use of public lab spaces to only actions needed for academic purposes
- Avoid accessing personal information on the university network, such as bank accounts, credit card statements, PayPal, etc. 
- Keep an eye out for unusual activity on personal accounts and consider proactively changing your password on those accounts (e.g. Facebook, Gmail, online shopping, etc.) 

Please be diligent in physically securing residence halls and office doors while they are unoccupied. Ensure that your confidential printed information is securely stored. Lock your workstation screen when it is unattended. 

Further updates will be sent to the UW-Platteville community as this investigation continues. If you have any immediate questions or concerns about your computer or passwords, contact the help desk at 608.342.1400 or helpdesk@uwplatt.edu weekdays 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., and with special extended weekend hours Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

If you have more information about this case and its investigation, contact University Police at 608.342.1584.

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