Friday, March 18, 2005

WSJ.com - College Alumni Data Are Breached by Hacker

WSJ.com - College Alumni Data Are Breached by Hacker: "Boston College sent letters to more than 100,000 of its alumni warning them a hacker had breached a university computer system containing personal data including their Social Security numbers.
Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said, however, that the college found no evidence any data was taken and believes the hacker was trying to use the college's machine to attack other computers.
The security breach was discovered by the college's technicians last week during a routine check of the on-campus computer system, which is connected to a phone bank used in fundraising activities. Mr. Dunn said the college took the computer offline, repaired the security breach and purged it of all Social Security numbers. The computer system involved is managed by a third-party vendor who Mr. Dunn declined to identify."
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