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NYU not alone in its SSN woes

Yet NYU is by no means unique in its troubles. Technological snafus and security breaches are quickly becoming a growing problem among the nation’s collegiate computer systems, leaving in its wake a slew of identity theft horror stories. The most egregious leak of private information took place in late January, when University of Georgia officials found that hackers had penetrated the school’s Web site, gathering the personal information – including Social Security and credit card numbers – of 31,000 students and applicants. “Hackers illegally entered servers that happened to contain admissions files from August 2002 through January 2004,” university spokesperson Tom Jackson said. Though the university maintains that its site was properly secured before the hack, administrators took it offline immediately. “Criminals break into houses with alarms, too,” Jackson said, adding that there is no evidence that any data was used or manipulated. Full Story

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