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6 Months Later, Officials Quiet About KU Computer Hacking

No Fraud Cases Reported From Snatched Information. Six months after a hacker downloaded computer files about 1,450 foreign students at the University of Kansas, officials are quiet about the investigation into the incident. “That investigation is still ongoing, so we’ll not have anything to say about it,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton told The Lawrence Journal-World. In January, when the incident occurred, the FBI called it the most serious and potentially dangerous hacking crime in the Midwest. Kansas officials encouraged students to warn their credit card companies. But Allison Rose Lopez, spokeswoman for the university’s Office of Information Services, said the “hole” that allowed the hacker to download the information — which included Social Security and passport numbers — was quickly patched. Lopez’s office plans a campaign this fall to encourage students, faculty and staff to protect themselves against data thieves by turning off their computers — their e-mail and file-sharing software, at least — when they’re not in use. Full Story

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