CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, a previous version of this article reported that junior Winston Howes hacked into the UNC system. The article has been updated to reflect the correction. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
After more than 600 UNC students had their accounts hacked in August, UNC Information Technology Services has been taking steps to ensure students are protected.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month at UNC and at many other universities across the nation.
“The University as a whole is a huge target in terms of information security,” said Ramon Padilla, associate vice chancellor and deputy information officer for ITS.
He said that a lot of people want students’ academic and financial information.
“Students are wonderful targets,” Padilla said. “They typically come to the University with good credit or no credit so that’s a great identity to steal.”
He also said many people would love to have access to the research at UNC.
But many students are not aware of the measures they can take to protect their identity and information online.
Junior Simone Dunphy said she was not particularly interested in learning about cyber security.