UC Berkeley hit hard by hacker attack

A lot of personal information for a lot of people. That’s what officials at the University of California, Berkeley say has been compromised by a hacking attack. Officials say hackers have gotten their mitts on restricted computer databases containing health and other personal information on 160,000 students, alumni and others. The data affected includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, health insurance information and some medical records dating as far back as 1999.

The databases also included personal data of parents, spouses and Mills College students who used or were eligible for Berkeley’s health services.

In all, the school says 97,000 Social Security numbers were stolen.

Those numbers can be used by identity thieves to access a person’s current credit history or create bogus ID’s or open new bank and credit accounts.

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