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University of Texas Probes Computer Breach

Associated Press News Wire (
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 07:08:18 -0500

University of Texas Probes Computer Breach

Nearly 200,000 electronic records at the University of Texas at
Austin's business school have been illegally accessed, the school said

It's the school's second major breach in three years.

The university said it learned late Friday that some Social Security
numbers and possibly biographical material of students, alumni,
faculty and staff might have been accessed.

The university has notified the state attorney general's office and
established a call center and Web site for those whose records might
have been breached.

"Our effort has been to help people whose information may have been
exposed," said university President William Powers Jr.

Officials discovered that some records at the McCombs School of
Business had been breached as early April 11.

"We think the problem has been limited to McCombs," Powers
said. "Since then, we've been working to make sure the entire system,
not just McCombs, is secure."

Last year, a former UT student received five years probation and was
ordered to pay $170,000 in restitution for hacking into the school's
computer system in 2003 and accessing almost 40,000 Social Security

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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