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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Incident: Iowa University computer hacked 

I am getting a little tired of reporting these university incidents ... | Local News:

"A University of Iowa Book Store computer containing credit card numbers and student and employee ID numbers was hacked into last month, the university said in a statement today.

The computer was "improperly accessed from outside the UI network" on May 18, the statement said. The university detected the breach later in the day. University Book Store staff shut the computer down and disconnected it from the network. The computer may have contained up to 30,000 active credit card numbers, UI said. The statement notes that no other UI departments that accept credit cards and/or ID charges are affected.

UI Police are investigating the incident with the help of two computer-security firms: VeriSign, the nation's leading Internet security company, and The Starken Group of Cedar Rapids. Their aim is to see if hackers were able to steal any personal information from the machine as well as to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

Credit card companies Visa and MasterCard are also involved in the investigation.

More information on the incident, including what you can do if you suspect your credit card information has been stolen, can be found at the book store's Web site at

For more on this story, see tomorrow's edition of the Press-Citizen and"


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