May 27, 2020 12:00 AM

Former student sues Wichita State over data breach

Posted May 27, 2020 12:00 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Wichita State University student has filed a federal lawsuit against the school over a December data breach that exposed the personal information of thousand of current and former students.

Michael Bahnmaier, of Wichita, filed the lawsuit earlier this month seeking class-action status. The lawsuit accuses WSU of negligence and of waiting too long to alert those whose personal information may have been stolen.

University officials have said hackers targeted in early December a historical database where WSU kept the names, email addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers of students. It did not inform those whose information may have been stolen until March 6.