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Server Breach at University of California Puts 160,000 in Danger

Server Breach at University of California Puts 160,000 in Danger

Hackers invaded the computer system of the health services department of the University of California, Berkeley, and potentially seized the private details of over 160,000 current and former students and other people, officials at the university said.

Shelton Waggener, Chief Technology Officer of UCB, states that those in the greatest danger of ID theft are about 97,000 persons, whose SSNs (Social Security numbers) had been compromised. However, it is still not certain if the hackers have been able to determine those SSNs against their respective individual names, as reported by cnetnews on May 8, 2009.

Meanwhile, the server hack is believed to have happened on October 6, 2008 but was noticed only on April 9, 2009 when the maintenance staff at the campus discovered messages from the hackers.

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