Friday, May 8, 2009

Hacked! UC Berkeley Health Records

By Kathleen Richards
Fri, May 8, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Notices went out today to approximately 160,000 UC Berkeley alumnus and students that the University's Health Services electronic databases, which contain personal information, have been hacked. According to the e-mail, the stolen information varies from person to person, but could include Social Security numbers, health insurance coverage, immunization history, and self-reported health history. The hacking occurred from October 9, 2008 to April 6, 2009, but wasn't determined until April 21. The university has alerted campus police detectives and the FBI, and has hired an outside auditor, Price Waterhouse Coopers, to help with the investigation. Let's hope the hackers aren't demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom; the regents may have to raise tuition costs even more.


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