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Thursday, 2003-03-06

hack leaks personal information

I was looking at the Houston Chronicle this morning when a front-page article caught my attention. Rightfully so. An estimated 59,000 names and Social Security numbers in a UT database were accessed by hackers. The people affected: former and current students (yikes, me!), faculty and staff members.

The scariest part of it all, though, is the fact that UT was not intending to "inform the public of the story...until the Austin American-Statesman contacted the university."

The University has released an official response. I wonder why they set up a webpage and email account (both specifically for the "malfunction") so quickly? Hmmm. Maybe because this might be a big deal for a few thousand people.


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