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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2003

    University Social Security numbers stolen online

    Hey All,

    AUSTIN (AP) Hackers have stolen names, Social Security numbers and e-mail addresses of some 59,000 current and former students, faculty members and staff at The University of Texas at Austin, school officials said in published reports Thursday.

    The theft was discovered Sunday evening when computer systems personnel discovered a computer malfunction, Dan Updegrove, the university's vice president for information technology, told the Austin American-Statesman and Houston Chronicle.

    Hackers also got office addresses and office phone numbers for some current faculty and staff members, he said. No grade, health or benefit records were stolen, Updegrove said.

    It was unclear if the information has already been used to illegally obtain credit cards or withdraw money from bank accounts, authorities said.

    According to computer logs, the database was hacked by a computer in Austin on Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and Friday, and again by a computer in Houston on Saturday and Sunday.

    Updegrove said the hackers used a computer program to query the UT database with three million potential Social Security numbers, resulting in about 59,000 successful matches. "It was just a brute force attack on the system," he said.
    More of the story Here

    Scary stuff

    They also have a site listed containing info on who was hacked as well as a telephone hotline.
    found Here

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    This also happened at kent state last year, though i do not have the news story link to an article associated with it.
    Ben Franklin said it best. \"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.\"

  3. #3
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    Feb 2003
    made me scared read that story mate ....
    i hope not happend in here .
    When I lay me down to sleep, Pray the LORD my soul to keep.
    If I die before i wake, Pray the LORD my soul to take.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Also made me scared to read that story.

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