Hacker had access to personal records of about 40 students

Thursday, 2 October 2003, 2:27 PM EST

A breach in computer security could have given hackers access to the personal information of as many as 40 students.

A campus server was broken into through a machine in the basement of the University Inn about two weeks ago.

An examination of the server log revealed the hacker had access to a file that listed private information, such as names and Social Security numbers of 30 to 40 students, said university spokesman John DeVilbiss.

Even though the hackers had access to the file for up to a week, there is no evidence they used the file or even found it, he said.

"They could have drawn that information out and used it for their own malicious intent," DeVilbiss said. "It doesn't look like anything sensitive left the university. We've had no indication in the transaction logs that any files were accessed."

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