Friday, May 27, 2005

Incident: Network intrusion prompts Stanford to warn of possible data theft

I have been in Sweden for the last week, so sorry for the light blogging. I have a big backlog which I'll get to shortly ...

In the meantime, there's yet another incident at a US University for Stanford Students and alumni to worry about:

Network intrusion prompts Stanford to warn of possible data theft - Computerworld:

"(COMPUTERWORLD) - Stanford University is notifying about 9,600 users of its Career Development Center of a network intrusion on May 11 that may have exposed their names, Social Security numbers and other personal information.

Notices of the attack are being sent through the U.S. Postal Service or e-mail to students and alumni who have used the Career Development Center since 1995 to help find jobs, said Debra Zumwalt, an attorney in the university's office of general counsel.

As part of its security policy, the school immediately notified the San Jose field office of the FBI, which is investigating the incident, Zumwalt said. The attacker has not yet been identified.

Stanford network administrators discovered the electronic intrusion through their regular monitoring of the system, Zumwalt said. The intruder apparently accessed the Career Development Center system on May 11, but it is not known if any of the names, Social Security numbers or other data was copied or accessed, she said. No credit card information for individuals was included in the records, she said. The names and credit card information for some companies that had registered as prospective employers were also in the database...."

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