WSU finds, fixes computer security breach

August 1, 2006

Someone gained unauthorized access to three computers in Wichita State University's College of Fine Arts box office and to a university server in the psychology department, the university said Tuesday.

The box-office workstations contained credit card information for about 2,000 patrons. The psychology department server held data regarding about 40 applicants to the department's doctoral program.

"While there is no evidence that any personal information was accessed, we have sent letters and are taking steps to contact individuals who could have had their information accessed," said Ravi Pendse, chief information officer and associate vice president for academic affairs and research.

The university also has contacted the three major credit bureaus in the United States.

The intrusion into the box office computers was discovered June 29, and university personnel took immediate action to secure the workstations, the university said.

The intrusion apparently was meant to store music and digital files for downloading by third parties, WSU said.

Officials are reviewing the reason for the apparent lack of security, the university said.

The intrusion into the psychology department's server was discovered July 16 and immediately resolved, and the department no longer stores personal information on its server, WSU said.

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