Chegg data breach may affect students

Jessica May

UNF students who use the textbook rental company Chegg may have been affected by a security breach. An email was sent to users on Sept. 28 informing them there was a breach.

“We recently discovered that some data from your Chegg.com account, or one of its family of student services, may have been acquired by an unauthorized party,” the email said.

The email Chegg sent out to students and users.

According to the email, Chegg learned on Sept. 19 that around April 29 an unauthorized party gain access to their databases. The data that was compromised includes names, email address, shipping addresses, Chegg usernames, and hashed Chegg passwords.

Chegg said that no financial information or social security numbers were accessed.

The email from Chegg included information on how to protect your online security and identity. Chegg suggests to change passwords for any relevant websites and apps you use with those passwords. Despite Chegg saying that no financial information or social security information were accessed, the email suggests that users monitor their credit history and bank statements.

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