The University of California, Los Angeles alerted about 800,000 current and former students, faculty, and staff on Dec. 12 that their names and certain personal information were exposed after a hacker circumvented computer security and broke into a campus database.

Only a small percentage--"far less than 5 percent"--of the records in the database were actually accessed, UCLA spokesman Jim Davis told the Associated Press.

Still, it was one of the largest such computer security breaches ever involving a U.S. school.

The attacks on the database began in October 2005 and ended Nov. 21 of this year, when computer security technicians noticed suspicious database...

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