Eek for wannabe Trojans

Univ. of Southern California says database hacked

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A University of Southern California database containing about 270,000 records of past applicants including their names and Social Security numbers was hacked last month, officials said on Tuesday.

The breach of the university’s online application database exposed “dozens” of records to unauthorized individuals, said Katharine Harrington, USC dean of admissions and financial aid. [full story]

5 thoughts on “Eek for wannabe Trojans”

  1. Don’t be, Brenda. UCLA’s making dumb screwups, too. I know this for a fact, and am not just talking about the laptop stolen w/ everyone’s personal info who had ever donated blood at the UCLA blood/platlet center back 2 years ago.

    I think basically every school/public institution is doing really dumb shit, and we’d be appalled by the lack of security that goes on w/ our records at these places.

  2. If you’ve ever tried to access records at a place like UCLA, you’ll know the Registrar doesn’t just give it out to anyone. They’re pretty serious about following FERPA guidelines and not doing dumb shit. People do make mistakes, but you act like they’re being careless.

    I’m agree with Brenda.

  3. No, I don’t mean to insinuate that they’re being careless, and it’s not a slight against UCLA — it’s just scary that so many places have our personal info and that they have employees who aren’t always properly trained about how to handle such info. It’s just one of those things where we are having to learn how to handle new technologies. I just meant to not think it couldn’t happen to UCLA, because it has, just maybe not on such a larger (or publically known)scale yet.

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