Thousands of current and ex-employees at the University of Georgia are now at risk for identity theft
after a hacking attack.
As early as September 28, at least one hacker tried to reset two UGA employees' passwords, which prompted an investigation in early October that revealed the school was victimized by a hacking attack, according to a report from the Athens Banner-Herald
. The attacker used the compromised accounts to view a wealth of information stored in the school's records system.
Exposed data included names, Social Security numbers and other information, the report said. However, the school is not yet ruling out the possibility of an inside job, because whoever committed the crime seems to have known about which accounts he or she could compromise, and where to look for the sensitive data. Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for IDentity Theft 911, has a blog about the ways in which these kinds of hacking attacks can put consumers at significant risk for identity theft.
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