From: Division of Information Technology, IT Security Office

Virginia Tech employees who have a Chronicle of Higher Education account should change their password immediately.

The IT Security Office (ITSO) has learned that a large number of accounts have been compromised following a data breach at the Chronicle, including over 3,000 accounts. This affects both Chronicle subscribers and those who created an account at Chronicle Vitae when applying for a job.

If you have a Chronicle account, change your password immediately. If you have used the same or a similar password for any other account, those passwords should be changed as well.

Use strong passwords

Among the affected Chronicle accounts at Virginia Tech, ITSO has found many weak, easily cracked passwords. To protect your data, ITSO encourages all students and employees to use strong passwords. Longer passwords are stronger, and consider including a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters. Do not reuse passwords across multiple accounts, as this makes it easier for hackers to steal your information. For additional information on Virginia Tech password strength recommendations, visit this 4Help article on Password Complexity.

Please contact ITSO with any questions at If you think you have been hacked, report the incident here.