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Virus Sends Confidential Stanford Information Out in E-mail

People at Stanford University got some spicy spam Thursday: sensitive information, including highly confidential details about employee salaries and bonuses. The “Bugbear.B virus” that infected the university’s computer system Thursday sent out files at random from campus PCs. It’s unclear if outsiders read the rogue e-mails, but some of the 35,000 computer users inside Stanford did — including the man in charge of Stanford’s computer systems. “I got e-mail I normally wouldn’t have seen,” said Chris Handley, declining to elaborate. The university Web site said Stanford’s computer crew intercepted messages containing salary and bonus information. Full Story

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