The suspect in a burglary at UW–Platteville’s Gardner Hall last week may have gained access to UWP student and staff computer usernames and passwords, UWP officials said.
Neel V. Patel, 21, Janesville, faces felony charges of burglary and possession of burglarious tools, nine counts of computer crime — accessing data, and one misdemeanor count of theft of up to $2,500.
Patel was arrested Thursday, according to a UWP email, and made his first appearance in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster Wednesday afternoon.
During the investigation, UWP police learned the suspect may have gained access to “several usernames and passwords for university staff and students,” said the UWP release, which added a recommendation that all UWP faculty, staff and students change their passwords.
UWP is recommending that passwords be changed from a personal device or at the Markee Pioneer Student Center Bears Den, not from other UWP computers. UWP is also recommending changing passwords for university applications, using public lab spaces only for academic purposes, avoid accessing personal information on the UWP network (including such personal uses as bank accounts, credit card statements and PayPal), and watch for unusual opportunity on email, social media or online shopping accounts.