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UMaine hacker attack exposes more than 4,000 students

CampusIDNews Staff   ||   Jun 30, 2010  ||   

More than 4,000 University of Maine students’ personal information may have been compromised in a recent server breach, according to Seacoast Online.

Accessed was a pair of files servers on the university’s Orno campus, containing names and Social Security numbers, as well as confidential clinical records dating back to 2002. Officials reported that the servers contained information about 4,585 students who have sought mental health services from the campus counseling center.

The breach went unseen until counseling center staff members reported difficulty in accessing server files. Investigators say that the hackers gained access to a server containing archived data as early as March 4, and then got into a second server with an active database.

School officials said there’s no way of knowing whether data were viewed or downloaded, but the university is working under a worst-case scenario. The university has enlisted the ID theft prevention service Debix to assist students in watching for signs that information is being used for fraudulent activity.

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