Different River

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January 12, 2005

GMU Computers Cracked

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:27 pm

Gee, this is the day for security issues.

Someone broke into the administrative computers at George Mason University, and accessed personal information, including SSNs, of 30,000 students, faculty, and staff.

Before the hacking, the university was in the process of replacing students’ Social Security numbers with other internal numbers to protect against identity theft.

Looks like they just missed it.

UPDATE:

I posted this story to Slashdot and (my first story accepted on Slashdot — whoo hoo!) a reader there asked a great question — isn’t GMU known for having a great computer science program?

The answer is, not only that, they are known for having a great information security program!

They have a Master’s program in Information Security, an Information Security Institute, and a Lab for Information Security Technology.

I’m sure these folks have nothing to do with the adminstrative computers. It’s always amazed me how little university administrators make use of the expertise of their faculty, academic staff, and (esepcially graduate) students, and I have no basis for assuming it’s any different in this case.

For comments posted by numerous Slashdot readers, click here. Feel free to add comments here as well!

One Response to “GMU Computers Cracked”

  1. Different River Says:

    I posted this story to Slashdot and (my first story accepted on Slashdot — whoo hoo!) a reader their asked a great question — isn’t GMU known for having a great computer science program?

    The answer is, not only that, they are known for having a great information security program!

    They have a Master’s program in Information Security, an Information Security Institute, and a Lab for Information Security Technology.

    I’m sure these folks have nothing to do with the adminstrative computers. It’s always amazed me how little university administrators make use of the expertise of their faculty, academic staff, and (esepcially graduate) students, and I have no basis for assuming it’s any different in this case.

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