A hacker has compromised the personal information and identification of as many as 32,000 users whose details were stored on computers at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia.
The computer system which was compromised was that holding all of the information associated with university identification cards, including names, photos, and social security numbers (even though the university no longer puts social security numbers on their school i.d. cards, apparently they still store them with the i.d. card information on their computer system). With a student population of more than 29,000, and faculty and staff numbering more than 3,000, that’s a whole lot of compromising going on.
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According to a memo sent out by Joy Hughes, George Mason University’s Vice President for Information Technology, with the subject “Illegal Intrusion into University Database”, the hacker “installed tools on the ID server that allowed other campus servers to be probed.”
According to Hughes’ memo, “the univeresity is subject to dozens of probes and attacks each day.”
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