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[Dataloss] CA: Criminal Probe Launched Into Computer Hacking of Vet School Admissions Info

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Wed Jun 27 2007 - 17:02:09 CDT


A criminal investigation into the apparent hacking and misuse of
computerized veterinary medical school admissions records has been
launched by the University of California, Davis, Police Department, in
cooperation with the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force.

On June 15, the university determined that its computer-security
safeguards had been breached and someone had gained access to the personal
information of an estimated 1,120 applicants to the School of Veterinary
Medicine for the 2007-2008 school year, including 131 accepted students.
The hacker had accessed information including the applicants' names, birth
dates and, in most cases, Social Security numbers.

The security breach became apparent when applicants who had recently been
admitted to the School of Veterinary Medicine attempted to set up campus
computer accounts and were notified that accounts had already been
established in their names. Further investigation revealed that the
records of 375 veterinary medical school applicants for the 2004-2005
school year -- seven of them admitted students -- also might have been
illegally accessed.

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