Apparently it’s Identity Theft Tuesday here on Emergent Chaos.
CNN reports that a “Hacker attack at UCLA affects 800,000 people”, which includes current and former faculty, students and staff. The initial break-in was apparently in October of 2005 and access continued to be available until November 21st of this year. I am stunned that it took so long to be noticed, especially in light of Chancellor Abram’s letter which states:
We have a responsibility to safeguard personal information, an obligation that we take very seriously…I deeply regret any concern or inconvenience this incident may cause you.
It’s a real shame they didn’t have more effective security controls and monitoring systems in place. Maybe then this incident wouldn’t have happened or been detected and stopped much earlier.
[edit: fixed link to article]