Computer security at Tech questioned

Suzanne Barteau reports:

A procedural mishap at New Mexico Tech’s Computer Center may have allowed the Social Security numbers of a few thousand people to be publicly available to anyone with a Tech computer account for nearly five years.

William Colburn, Tech graduate, former Tech employee and Tech Community College instructor and current Tech student, said he found copies of an accounting file containing more than 3,000 Social Security numbers stored in two locations on a publicly searchable disk on the TCC server.

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The person who found the problem reportedly has a long history of trying to get the school to address computer security concerns and is not satisfied with the answers he’s been getting – or lack thereof. On September 29, the school published a letter in the Albuquerque Journal.

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