MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota now has acknowledged that it has been investigating a breach of student and employee personal data for two months. Possibly 7 million Social Security numbers may have been compromised, according to a lawsuit that as filed against the university three weeks ago. In confirming the breach, the university said that records going back to 2018 may have been taken. Besides Social Security numbers, the hack gained access to full names, addresses, birth dates, driver license and passport information, and birth dates. The university did not explain how many indivuals were affected. Enrollment is 55,000. Staff: 24,000. The university said it’s offering 12 months of free credit-monitoring and identity-monitoring services to those affected.