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Georgia Tech Hacked

by Atlanta (writer), Atlanta, June 14, 2007


Georgia Tech officials declared today that a file containing personal data of about 23,000 of students and alumni was exposed for a short period of time and that there was evidence that this data had been accessed. The students concerned followed computing classes between the years of 2005 and 2007. Gatech claims however that the file did not contain any financial information and that Social Security Numbers and credit card information have not been accessed.

Students whom information was contained in the file received the following email in the early afternoon:

"Dear Student:

On June 1, 2007, Georgia Tech learned that there had been
unauthorized access to an electronic file containing demographic data. You are being notified because your information was included in this file.

No Social Security or credit card numbers were included in this file. You are receiving this notification since some of the potentially exposed information, such as your birth date, is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Immediate steps have been taken to isolate the impacted file, and additional technical and administrative safeguards are under way. We deeply regret that this incident occurred and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Institute Communications and Public Affairs"

It is the second time this year that such incident occurs at Georgia Tech. Last February, a file containing SSNs and credit card numbers of Electrical and Computing engineers was accessed by an unauthorized source.

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