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Hackers breach UC Berkeley Data Base System

Posted May 08 2009 10:42pm

This one is particularly scary in the fact that it went on for such a long period of time, 6 months approximately.  Hopefully none of the critical information has been compromised.  I wonder how long it would have taken to find the breach if the hackers had not left messages. image

Everyone was just notified a couple weeks ago who could have been affected.   This says a lot for having an outside scanning company run regular routines to check for security.  BD  

SAN FRANCISCO—University of California, Berkeley, officials said Friday that hackers infiltrated restricted computer databases, putting at risk the personal information of 160,000 current and former students, alumni and others.

The university said data include Social Security numbers, health insurance information and some medical records dating back to 1999. Personal medical records—such as patient diagnoses, treatments and therapies—were not compromised, officials said.

The databases also included personal information of parents and spouses as well as Mills College students who used or were eligible for Berkeley's health services.

The server breach occurred on Oct. 6, 2008 and lasted until April 9, when campus staff performing routine maintenance found messages allegedly left by the hackers, the school said.

Former and current students did not receive e-mail notification of the hacks until Friday morning.

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