University of Texas hack exposes data on 197,000 people

Oops - the University of Texas at Austin has revealed that someone hacked their way into its systems late last month, draining information on around 197,000 people registered with the McCombs School of Business.

The break-in was discovered after University officials noticed `unusual activity; on the database server, said Dan Updegrove, vice president of information technology at the school.

Updegrove is quoted in the US media as refusing to confirm what the `unusual activity' was, or how the break-in might have occurred.

Updegrove did say, however that the IP addresses involved in the attack are in the Far East, suggesting that the hacking was done by external hackers.

The database is reported to have included names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, belonging to current and prospective students, alumni, faculty members, faculty staff and corporate recruiters.

Some reports suggest that the hackers had been stomping around the computer systems since April 11, although this date has not been confirmed by the University.

Under state law, the University is obliged to notify all of the individuals whose information was stored in the database about the breach, Updegrove told reporters, adding that contacting everyone could be a bit of a challenge.

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