Carnegie Mellon University Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Carnegie Mellon University (“CMU”) regarding its recent data breach. The CMU data breach involved sensitive personal information belonging to an undetermined number of individuals.


CMU is a private, global research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Established in 1900, CMU offers a wide range of majors and minors through its seven schools and colleges, which consist of the College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science, and Tepper School of Business. Competing in Division III of the NCAA as the Tartans, CMU has 17 intercollegiate athletic teams and enrolls over 6,000 students annually.2


Recently, CMU discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed and acquired. Through its investigation, CMU determined that an unauthorized party may have accessed and acquired this sensitive information on or about August 25, 2023. On January 12, 2024, CMU began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information potentially exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth

If you received a breach notification letter from Carnegie Mellon University:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or

If you were impacted by the CMU data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by Carnegie Mellon University:
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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