That sucks!!!! Some people I know said they already got the email from the school...I haven't got it yet, but looks like it's coz my email on file is probably invalid...
Hackers Breach UC Berkeley Database
FRANCISCO (AP) - University of California, Berkeley, officials said
Friday that hackers infiltrated restricted computer databases, putting
at risk the personal information of 160,000 current and former
students, alumni and others.
The university said data include Social Security numbers, health
insurance information and some medical records dating back to 1999.
Personal medical records - such as patient diagnoses, treatments and
therapies - were not compromised, officials said.
The databases also included personal information of parents and
spouses as well as Mills College students who used or were eligible for
Berkeley's health services.
The server breach occurred on Oct. 6, 2008 and lasted until April 9,
when campus staff performing routine maintenance found messages
allegedly left by the hackers, the school said.
"Evidence uncovered to date suggests that this attack was launched
by highly skilled criminal operations based overseas," the school said.
The school contacted campus police and the FBI, and began investigating the cause and scope of the breach.
Former and current students did not receive e-mail notification of the hacks until Friday morning.
The university said it took forensic technology experts until April 21 to figure out which databases were hacked.
"Since then a team of more than 20 people from across the campus
have been working seven days a week to determine the exact scope and
nature of the breach," the school explained on a Web site set up to
answer questions about the incident.
In the interim, university administrators said they have hired an
outside Internet security firm to conduct an audit of the school's
systems and information security measures.
"The university deeply regrets exposing our students and the Mills
community to potential identity theft," said Shelton Waggener, UC
Berkeley's chief information officer. "The campus takes our
responsibility as data stewards very seriously.
In March 2005, a thief walked into a UC Berkeley office and swiped a
computer laptop containing personal information about nearly 100,000
alumni, graduate students and past applicants. And six months earlier,
a computer hacker gained access to UC Berkeley research being done for
the state Department of Social Services. The files contained personal
information of about 600,000 people.
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