Hackers obtain data on thousands at UM

A hot line was swamped with panicked calls yesterday after the University of Missouri disclosed that its computer system had been hacked last week and that the names and Social Security numbers of 22,396 people had been accessed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The hackers, using internet addresses from China and Australia, tapped into a report containing information about people who were employed by any of the system’s four campuses in 2004 and were current or former students at the Columbia campus, said university spokesman Scott Charton. People who fit those criteria should be aware that their information could have been stolen and should take steps to minimize the risk of identity theft, Charton said …


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