University of Missouri hit by major hacking incident

An unknown hacker is reported to have accessed the Social Security numbers of more than 22,000 current and former students at the University of Missouri.

This is the second such attack this year, say officials, and the FBI is actively investigating the incident.

Uni officials said campus computer technicians confirmed a breach of the database last week by a user whose Internet accounts were traced to China and Australia.

The hacker accessed personal data on a total of 22,396 University of Missouri-Columbia students or alumni who also worked at one of the system's four campuses in St. Louis, Kansas City, Rolla or Columbia during 2004.

Interestingly, the hacker is reported to have obtained the information through a Web page used to make queries about the status of trouble reports to the Uni's computer help desk.

The information had been compiled for a report, but the data had not been removed from the computer system.

In January, a hacker obtained the Social Security numbers of around 1,200 university researchers, as well as personal passwords of more than twice that number of people who had used an online grant application system.

If the hacker really has been traced to Oz or China, I doubt the FBI will be able to track him/her down.

Still, stranger things have happened in the past.

Have a great weekend everyone...