August 28, 2017 11:25 PM
Major League Lacrosse is investigating a massive data leak that exposed every individual player's personal information.
According to an email the league sent to all players Monday evening -- that was in turn sent to News10NBC by a player -- a link on one of their website pages mistakenly re-directed browsers to a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet contained every player in the league's names, phone numbers, email and mailing addresses, Social Security numbers and more.
Even though the players were only notified on Monday, the league says the incident occurred last Wednesday and the link was deactivated by Thursday.
The Rochester Rattlers are among the teams in the MLL.
Text of the email
We are sending you this e-mail to inform you of a data incident that occurred on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 that involves some of your personal information. We take the privacy and protection of your information very seriously, and accordingly recommend that you closely review the information provided in this email for steps that you may take to protect yourself against the potential misuse of your information.
On Thursday, August 24, 2017, we became aware that a link on our player pool registration inadvertently linked to an excel spreadsheet which contained your full name, address, telephone number, email address, Social Security number, citizenship, date of birth, height, weight, position, college, graduation year, team, and non-MLL occupation. Upon discovery, we immediately disabled this link and began an investigation into the matter.
Although the investigation has just begun and is very much ongoing, given the sensitive nature of the information, we wanted to notify you of the incident now. We will be sending you a formal notice once further information is learned, including access to prepaid credit monitoring.
(The rest of the email contained tips for players to protect their credit)
Updated: August 28, 2017 11:25 PM
Created: August 28, 2017 11:18 PM
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