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CMU Says Hacker Broke Into Computers

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 24 Apr 2005 01:09:26 -0400

More than 5,000 alerted to possible identity thefts
By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A hacker who tapped into business school computers at Carnegie Mellon
University may have compromised sensitive personal data belonging to
5,000 to 6,000 graduate students, staff, alumni and others, officials
said yesterday.

The breach confirmed by officials in the Tepper School of Business is
the latest in a recent string of campus computer break-ins nationally
and the second since early March affecting Tepper.

There is no evidence that any data, including Social Security and
credit card numbers, have been misused, officials said. But they have
begun sending e-mails and letters alerting those affected.

They include graduate students and graduate degree alumni from 1997 to
2004, master's of business administration applicants from September
2002 through May 2004, doctoral applicants from 2003 to this year, and
participants in a conference that was being arranged by the school's

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