Hack to school

Thursday, 2 September 2004, 3:03 PM EST

To the College Community: "Late Wednesday, July 28, [Dartmouth] confirmed that an unauthorized user had gained access to eight computer servers in the Berry Machine Room and apparently installed an unauthorized program ... Because sensitive personnel information may have been copied, we are notifying by e-mail all affected individuals for whom we have addresses; all others will receive a letter early next week. In addition to our own increased security measures, we have also notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the intrusion."

One of the servers contained human-resources data of Dartmouth employees. The "unauthorized user" also accessed research data and student immunization information. In his memo, Levine said there was no evidence that user names or other personal identifiers were taken, but he urged alumni, employees and students to monitor their credit reports in case their electronic identities had been stolen. Levine was unavailable for comment, but said in his letter that the affected program had been removed and "additional safeguards" put in place to protect the servers.

By Larry Dignan at Baseline.

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