The Tech Herald

University of Wisconsin's computers hijacked by Malware

by Steve Ragan - Aug 12 2011, 13:00

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM) recently reported a system compromise, and the Malware installed potentially exposed sensitive documents and the Social Security Numbers of 75,000 individuals.

“We first became aware of the situation May 25, 2011, when we discovered that computer hackers had installed malware (computer viruses) on one university server, which housed a software system serving several campus departments and which managed confidential information,” a breach notification letter explains.

“Several weeks into the investigation, on or around June 30, 2011, we discovered that a database associated with the system was accessible to the hackers. This database included the names and social security numbers of approximately 75,000 individuals associated with the university, primarily current and former employees and students.”

The university is currently working with law enforcement and security experts to fully investigate and resolve the incident. Investigators believe that the motive was not identity theft, rather the attackers wanted to access the other information stored on the server.

Tom Luljak, UWM's vice chancellor for university relations, told the local media that the campus is primarily a “research institution with a significant number of projects under way. It is theorized that this may have been an attempt to look at work being done.”

At the same time, the university has no evidence proving successful access to the information stored on compromised servers.

The university has created a website with more information and tips on identity protection, which can be viewed here.

 

Around the Web

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus

From Autosaur.com

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Auction

Dodge are set to auction off the first production 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The auc...

15 Of The Best Pics From Lamborghini’s Instagram Account

Instagram has opened up a whole new world for car fans looking for pics of the cars they ido...

2015 Dodge Challenger Prices And Specs

The 2015 Dodge Challenger will have a starting price of $26,995 for the basic SXT model. The...

Nissan creates ‘self-cleaning’ car

Nissan has built a version of its LEAF electric vehicle which the firm claims has ‘self-clea...

Corvette: Six Reasons to Buy Your Dream ‘Vette Now

Corvettes hold a mythical place in the car world. For more than a half-century, these legend...