Data breach aided university phishing scam

Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 9:57 AM EST

A highly targeted phishing attack last year that scammed dozens of Indiana University students out of their personal and financial data appears to have been aided in part by a previously undisclosed hacker break-in at one of the school's main research servers, according to documents unearthed by a doctoral student there.

In June 2006, an unknown number of IU students and faculty received an e-mail warning that online bill-paying services attached to their IU Employees Federal Credit Union accounts would be suspended unless they "renewed" their contract with the institution. According to the school's student news outlet, the Indiana Daily Student, that attack netted up to 80 victims.

At Washington Post.

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