University of Missouri Systems Hacked

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Hackers gained access to 22,396 names and Social Security numbers, the University of Missouri announced Tuesday.

The names and Social Security numbers belong to people who were employed anywhere in the entire University of Missouri system in 2004, and only affects those employees who were also current or former students at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The hackers were traced to IP addresses in China and Australia. Anyone who may be affected by this incident may call the school at 866-241-5619 or 573-884-7222. There is also a university website where more information is posted. It appears that it is up to the individual to closely monitor their own credit and setup fraud alerts.

Written by MCruz on May 8th, 2007 with no comments.
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OSU Staff Data Accessed by Hackers

Ohio State University said Tuesday that personal data of 14,094 existing and former faculty and staff members had been stolen by what appears to be computer hackers overseas.

Hackers penetrated a firewall protecting a network at the school’s Office of Research sometime between March 31 and April 1. The network contained the Social Security numbers, employee identification numbers and birth dates of 190,000 university employees, OSU spokesman Jim Lynch said.

Anyone concerned about this incident can call the special hotline Ohio State established at: 1-866-515-9332. The school will be offering a year’s worth of credit protection via Equifax. More information about this breach can be found at the OSU’s Identity Alert Home Page.

[MSN Money]

Written by MCruz on April 17th, 2007 with no comments.
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TJX Data Theft is the Largest Hack Ever

I am never shopping at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls ever again.

A hacker or hackers stole data from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards of shoppers at off-price retailers including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in a case believed to be the largest such breach of consumer information.

For the first time since disclosing the theft more than two months ago, the parent company of nearly 2,500 discount stores put a number on how much card data was compromised — and it’s a number TJX Cos. acknowledges could go still higher.

This breach has already been tied to several identity theft crimes after a ring of thieves were arrest in Florida.

[Washington Post]

Written by MCruz on March 29th, 2007 with no comments.
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Hackers Enter Retailer’s Computer Systems

The TJX Companies Inc. has reported an intrusion to their computer systems which handles their customer transaction system. All major card brands accepted by TJX have been affected, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. The full extent of this breach is still not known.

The credit and debit card data of a large number of shoppers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, and possibly in the U.K and Ireland, may have been compromised as the result of a hacking incident at The TJX Companies Inc. last month.

According to a statement issued today by the Framingham, Mass.-based retailer, the network intrusion took place in mid-December and involved systems used to process credit, debit, check and merchandise-return transactions at its TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright stores in the U.S and Puerto Rico.

Customers who have concerns about this incident may visit TJX’s site or call 866-484-6978.

Source: Computerworld

Written by MCruz on January 18th, 2007 with 2 comments.
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MoneyGram Customer Information Hacked

About 79,000 MoneyGram customers are being notified that their personal information may have been accessed last month.

The company said that it had not been able to determine if any information was actually stolen, but the company was notifying customers that someone may have viewed their personal data.

The information involved did not include Social Security or driver’s license numbers. It did include the names, addresses, phone numbers — and in some cases — the bank account numbers of MoneyGram customers.

Affected customers are being offered one year’s subscription to a credit monitoring service.

Source: BusinessWeek

Written by MCruz on January 12th, 2007 with no comments.
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Hackers Access UCLA Computer Systems

Officials at the University of California Los Angeles alerted about 800,000 current and former students, faculty and staff on Tuesday that their names and certain personal information were exposed after a hacker broke into a campus computer system.

A website has been setup for those affected by this breach. You may also call (877) 533-8082.

Source: CBS News

Written by MCruz on December 12th, 2006 with no comments.
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