Hackers Break Into UC Berkeley's Database, Steal Nearly 100,000 Social Security Numbe
An unknown number of hackers broke into UC Berkeley's database and were able to access the personal and health information of over 160,000 students and former students. They're still at large.
The target of the attack seems to have been the trove of social security numbers, around 97,000 of which were stolen. SSNs can be used to access bank accounts, open credit cards, and even have new driver's licenses printed. The original hacking took place a month ago, from around April 6th to the 9th, and the university was only able to make their students (and former students; the accessed files go back to 1999) aware of the infiltration on the 21st.
FBI and other police have been notified and are investigating the crime, but we're not aware of any leads. The break-in was only discovered thanks to a sort of "signature" left by one of the hackers, so they may be too sneaky to have left a trail that can be followed. Let's hope they're dumber than they appear. The school has set up a site (here) to update the public with more information as it comes in.
In March 2005, a thief walked into a UC Berkeley office and swiped a computer laptop containing personal information on nearly 100,000 alumni, graduate students and past applicants. Officials said that laptop was recovered before any personal information was breached.
Six months earlier, a computer hacker gained access to UC Berkeley research being done for the state Department of Social Services. Those files contained personal information of about 600,000 people.
Don't know the details about the Network or any security infrastructure, hopefully in time someone will leak the details.
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"The break-in was only discovered thanks to a sort of "signature" left by one of the hackers, so they may be too sneaky to have left a trail that can be followed. Let's hope they're dumber than they appear."
lolwut? theyll never catch somewhos gonna have new identity every week