800,000 current and former students, staff and faculty members had their names and personal information such as names, social security numbers, birth dates, and personal addresses exposed after a hacker broke into the campus computer system Tuesday morning.
It’s one of if not the largest breach on an American higher education institution. There have been many attempts since ‘05 to hack into the system but they had all failed. This time, the hack was a success.
In a MSNBC interview, UCLA Active Chancellor stated:
“I deeply regret any concern or inconvenience this incident may cause you.”
UCLA’s Chief Information Officer, Jim Davis, writes:
“a computer trespasser used a program designed to exploit an undetected software flaw to bypass all security measures and gain access to the restricted database that contains information on about 800,000 current and former students, faculty and staff, as well as some student applicants and parents of students or applicants who applied for financial aid.”
If you are an alumni or current student, I would keep an eye on your identity records and all personal accounts.
Rich Dad Says: “Keep an eye on your accounts!”
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