JSU discovered a website Tuesday providing information about students, including pictures, addresses, student numbers, birthdates and members of sororities and fraternities.
The street addresses were taken off the site Tuesday afternoon. It also has information on faculty members and recent graduates.
The Chanticleer is not releasing the name of the site due to the sensitive information it contains.
JSU posted on Facebook when it became aware of the website’s existence. “This matter is being investigated internally as well as by state and federal law enforcement agencies,” the post stated.
“An individual has been arrested by order of the District Court of Calhoun County and is being detained by the Coosa Valley Regional Detention Center,” Public Relations Director Buffy Lockette said in a text message Wednesday night.
The top of the site reads that the maintainers “aim to remain mostly anonymous,” and urge visitors of the site to use the information responsibly. A press release written by JSU urged students to change their passwords for their student logins and email.
The site also states it “was made to bring awareness to JSU’s information
security problems.” It also reads that it “shares limited information for your security.”
According to searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com, “a single computer can have several VPSs, each one with its own operating system that runs the hosting software for a particular user.”
The owner of the site claims to live in Russia, to have a Virtual Private Server in Bulgaria and the domain in Switzerland and for those who want to shut it down to “start buying tickets.”
A press release by JSU on Wednesday afternoon stated that “a student suspect has been identified and questioned.” The identity of the suspect was not given because they are a juvenile.
“We have no evidence of social security numbers, credit cards, or any other banking information has been accessed,” the release stated.
“I think students are surprised by how much information is on the web… But you can get all of that information from the Yellow Pages and your Facebook site,” SGA President Tyler Brown said through a text message.