Stanford Computer System Hacked – Personal Information of Thousands Compromised

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Stanford University has joined that special inner circle – no, not the top tier schools – those which have had their computer systems hacked and data compromised. Earlier this month a hacker broke in to the Stanford Career Development Center’s computer, compromising the personal information of nearly 10,000 individuals, including 9,600 clients, and 300 recruiters.

According to a statement issued by Stanford regarding the break-in, which is being investigated by the FBI’s San Jose offices, “On May 11, 2005, the University’s Career Development Center computer system was improperly accessed from outside of the Stanford network. Upon learning of the intrusion, the servers were removed from the network and an assessment of the computing environment was made. Stanford has no knowledge that any records were actually acquired during the intrusion.”

Added Stanford general counsel Debra Zumwalt, “We have been working to understand this breach of our system and ways to prevent a reoccurrence.”

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