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Gale Data Breach

Posted: Sep 17, 2019

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Gale, one of our major publishers, experienced a data breach on a public-facing web site.

They are reporting some user names and email addresses were exposed and will be reaching out directly to individuals affected by the breach:

"Gale recently learned of an incident that exposed some individuals’ names and email addresses. This information was accessed via a publicly facing Gale website. Because there is no sensitive personal information provided at this website, no financial data or social security numbers were exposed. Upon learning this, we took immediate steps to contain the incident – including temporarily moving some Gale websites offline. We also engaged Optiv, a leading cybersecurity solutions firm, to assist us in our review and remediation efforts. The investigation has concluded and Optiv has determined that the affected server contained limited contact information; specifically, names and email addresses.

We value our relationships and are reaching out directly to affected individuals to provide additional information about the incident."

No social security numbers or financial data were exposed, and no systems of the Libraries or the University of Maryland were affected.

Read more about the security incident and Gale's response.