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Western Illinois University hacked

Date: July 07, 2006

A computer hacker accessed computer systems containing confidential personal data of Western Illinois University alumni a full month ago, but some of the more than 180,000 people affected only learned of the problem this week.

That response time, school spokesman John Maguire said Tuesday, was too slow, and the school is looking at changing its procedures to make sure notification happens faster.

Maguire emphasized that although Social Security numbers and some credit card information were kept in the breached systems, the school has no evidence that any information has been used maliciously.

"We strongly think it unlikely that anything was copied or compromised,'' Maguire said.
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