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UC Berkeley Database Compromised By Hackers, Leaving Tens of Thousands At Risk

In yet another incident that has exposed the data security standards maintained at major organisations, hackers have managed to gain access to personal information of over 160,000 people at the University of California, Berkeley by breaching its health service computers.

The compromised personal information includes details of current and previous students along with University staff and sensitive data including appointment dairies and social security numbers.

Incidentally the University has stated that the hackers have not managed to get hold of medical treatment records as they were stored in separate network than the one that was compromised.

In an attempt to inform people whose personal details have been exposed, University officials are dispatching notification emails and letters in order sensitise them over any possible misuse of their data.

Though not much details about the breach is known, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into the incident and hopefully perpetrators of the hacking effort may soon come to light.

The incident however calls for stronger network and data security measures to be imposed by authorities in major organisations to prevent such incidences in future, as compromise of sensitive personal data can leave people vulnerable to harm of various kinds.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.