Vital Files Exposed In GMU Hacking
Source: Jonathan Krim - Posted by Joe Shakespeare   
Host Security A computer hacker apparently broke into a George Mason University database containing student and employee Social Security numbers, leaving 32,000 people uncertain whether their finances or identities might be compromised.

University spokesman Daniel Walsch said yesterday that the intrusion was discovered Jan. 3 by the department that manages campus computer systems. The database also included names, school identification numbers and photographs.

The university quickly notified employees and students, Walsch said, adding that no one has reported that any personal information was used inappropriately.

Although the George Mason database did not include financial information, the university recommended that students and employees notify their banks and credit card providers to be on the alert for suspicious activity on their accounts.

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