During the midst of the holiday festivities this past winter break, hundreds of thousands of individuals were notified by UC Los Angeles acting chancellor Norman Abrams that a breach of computer network security had occurred, exposing the personal information of over 800,000 current and former UCLA students, employees, applicants and other individuals.
The hacker had been accessing the restricted campus database since October 2005. It took over a year for UCLA computer administrators to discover and identify this illegal activity, and three additional weeks before the ‘letters of notification’ were dispersed. Although some of the personal information exposed included social security numbers, dates of birth and phone numbers, according to the letter sent out to the potential victims of identity theft, UCLA maintains that there is ‘no evidence that personal information has been misused.’
Despite claiming that there has been no definite evidence of foul play
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