UMass battles hacker attack

Since the University of Massachusetts announced a breach of its computer system earlier this month, there have been a few inquiries but no evidence that hackers actually stole information, according to UMass spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski.

By law UMass had to post a notice on its Web site reporting “a breach of security regarding personal information of students attending the university during the period 1982-2002 and a few students prior to 1982 occurred from Sept. 15, 2008 to Oct. 27, 2008.”


According to a statement from John F. Dubach, chief information officer, analysis by an independent computer forensics company concluded that the intruders’ attack was not specifically designed to look for personally identifiable information.

He also said records do not show large amounts of data being extracted from the server, but that the potential for a loss of data did exist for a short period of time. Dubach said records show the principle vulnerability occurred Sept. 15 and 16, 2008.

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