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Stanford breach investigated by FBI

by Nikola Strahija on May 26th, 2005 The FBI is investigating a computer system security breach at Stanford University that may have put the personal information of nearly 10,000 people at risk.


The intrusion occurred on May 11, yet to be discovered person gained access to the school's network from outside the university. That person had unlimited access to Social Security numbers and resumes, financial data, and government information, even some credit card information.

The university said that it began notifying people about the incident on Monday, contacting about 9,600 clients, mostly students, and 300 recruiters.

When the network breach was detected, the center's computers were temporarily disabled and the incident was reported to the FBI field office in San Jose.

The break-in follows a similar incident at Virginia's George Mason University in January, where hackers gained access to the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff. As a result of the attack, the university promised to change the manner in which it uses Social Security numbers to identify people.


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