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FBI hunts for hacker

Date: December 15, 2006

The FBI searched today for whoever hacked into a UCLA database containing information about some 800,000 former and current students and staff members, applicants and the parents of some applicants.

UCLA alerted the 800,000 yesterday that their names and some of their personal information were contained in what a university statement called ``a restricted database that was illegally and fraudulently accessed by a sophisticated computer hacker.''

Letters and e-mails to those potentially affected were sent yesterday, signed by acting Chancellor Norman Abrams.

The FBI said it was investigating the incident.

UCLA said the hacking took place from October of last year until this November. Officials said that although hackers obtained some Social Security numbers, the university had no evidence that any of the information was misused.
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