Intruders steal students' personal info

Friday, 7 March 2003, 1:26 PM EST

Intruders broke into a database and stole the names, Social Security numbers and e-mail addresses of more than 55,000 students, former students and employees at the University of Texas at Austin.

It wasn't immediately clear if the information was used to illegally obtain credit cards or withdraw money from bank accounts. School officials said they were notifying the people victimized.

The theft was discovered Sunday evening when employees found a computer malfunction, Dan Updegrove, the university's vice president for information technology, wrote on the university's Web site.

According to computer logs, the database was hacked by a computer in Austin several times beginning on February 26 and ending Sunday.

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