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Stanford Medical Facility Suffers Another Data Security Breach (January 23, 2013)

The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University has notified 57,000 patients that their personal information was compromised after an unencrypted laptop containing the data was stolen from a doctor's car. The theft occurred on January 9, 2013, and was reported to the hospital the following day. The incident is the fourth data security breach involving a Stanford medical facility since January 2010. Read More.

University of Maine server hacked, data may have been stolen (July 19, 2012)

A security breach on one of the University of Maine’s servers may have compromised information on people who made purchases through campus-based computer stores at the Orono campus and the University of Arkansas, UMaine announced in a press release Thursday. Read More.

Small data breach at BYU put student information at risk (July 19, 2012)

BYU is warning several hundred present and former students about a data breach that may have compromised students' personal information. The data breach originally occurred on June 10th when a server at BYU was accessed by an unauthorized source. Read More.

Credit card security breach hits California campus (June 29, 2012)

The University of Southern California is warning students and faculty about a credit card security breach following the hacking of a software system on the campus. In an e-mail statement Thursday, campus officials detailed the breach that occurred at dining facilities between May 21 and June 21. Credit card numbers were obtained illegally through a breach in a third-party software system used to process credit card transactions in some USC dining halls," the statement said. Read More.

Hacker claims to have breached SJ State computer server (June 26, 2012)

While a hacker claimed he stole private information from a San Jose State University server, University officials disputed that any information of importance was taken from their servers in the breach. Read More.

Hacked: Data breach costly for Ohio State, victims of compromised info Breach affects 760,000 people, expected to cost university $4 million

Ohio State revealed a data breach Wednesday that has jeopardized the identities of 760,000 people and could cost the university $4 million. The university notified current and former faculty, students, applicants and others affiliated with the university that hackers had accessed the server that stored their names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and addresses. Read More.

Climate Research Documents Stolen and Posted to Internet (November 20 & 21, 2009)

Attackers broke into computers at the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Britain and stole thousands of emails and other documents which they then posted to the Internet.  Global warming skeptics say the documents support the notion that researchers have been skewing data to make the situation seem more ominous than it is. Researchers maintain that the information is being taken out of context. Read More.

California Joins Cyber Security Challenge (October 2, 2009)

US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the California Office of Information Security have announced that California will join the US Cyber Challenge, a program aimed at identifying and nurturing the next generation of cyber security professionals. Read More

Boston Univ. Student Fined US $675,000 for Filesharing (July 31 & August 3, 2009)

 Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum has been fined US $675,000 for illegally downloading 30 songs and making them available to others. Read More

Hackers attack campus databases, steal Social Security numbers, other data (May 8, 2009)

The University of California, Berkeley, today (Friday, May 8) began notifying students, alumni and others that their personal information may have been stolen after hackers attacked restricted computer databases in the campus's health services center. The databases contained individuals' Social Security numbers, health insurance information and non-treatment medical information, such as immunization records and names of some of the physicians they may have seen for diagnoses or treatment. Read more

Univ. of Washington Notifies 6,000 of Data Breach (April 1 & 3, 2009)

The University of Washington has notified more than 6000 employees that their personal information was compromised in a data security breach late last year. Read more

University of Florida Admits to Third Data Breach in Three Months

The latest breach involved servers that hosted free email services and online course offerings for faculty members, as well as websites for fraternities and sororities. Read more

OSU students told that private information was on Internet

Ohio State University has notified 18,000 current and former students that their names and Social Security numbers were mistakenly stored on a computer server exposed to the Internet. Read more

College Student Charged in Alleged eMail Hacking and Attempted Extortion (November 17, 2008)

A Kentucky college student has been charged with identity theft and unlawful access to a computer for allegedly breaking into other students' email accounts at the University of the Cumberland's and using the access and information to blackmail them. Read more

Stolen Stanford Laptop Contained Confidential Employee Information

Stanford University is working to alert current and former employees after the university determined a stolen laptop contained confidential employee information. Read more

Oregon State University Investigating Possible Bookstore Customer Information Theft

Oregon State Police are investigating the theft of the theft of online customer information from the Oregon State University bookstore. In total, the theft may affected 4,700 customers that had used credit cards in online purchases. Read more

UC Irvine ID Theft Caused By UnitedHealthCare Data Breach

A large number of ID theft crimes affecting University of California, Irvine medical students has been traced back to a data breach at UnitedHeathCare. A total of 1,132 current and former graduate students enrolled in the university's graduate student health insurance program could fall victim to tax scam. Read more

Social Security Numbers of U. of Maryland Students Exposed

About 24,000 students at the University of Maryland are at risk of having their identities stolen. On July 1, the university's Department of Transportation Services sent all students registered for upcoming fall classes parking brochures. Read more

Harvard Issues New ID Cards After Security Breach

Harvard University will issue new identification cards that use Smartcard technology to college undergraduates and students at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences this fall. This will be the first phase of a security upgrade that comes after a Harvard undergraduate student was caught in November duplicating ID cards that belonged to the university's president and two other administrators, The Harvard Crimson reported yesterday.Read more

Programming Flaw Exposes Applicant Information

A programming error in the University of Southern California's online system for accepting applications from prospective students left the personal information of ``hundreds of thousands of records'' publicly accessible. Read more

Princeton Student Hacks Yale Computer System

Princeton University has admitted that its admissions personnel hacked into rival Yale's computer system to check on the applications status of 11 students who also had applied to Princeton. The university has suspended with pay its associate dean and director of admissions, and a spokeswoman expressed deep regret "that information provided by students in good faith to the university was used inappropriately by at least one official in our admissions office."Read more

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