Hackers hit Georgia Tech and steal personal info

February 21, 2007

Atlanta Business Chronicle


The personal information of about 3,000 current and former Georgia Tech employees may have been compromised by unauthorized access to a Georgia Tech computer account by unknown sources outside the university, Georgia Tech reported Feb. 21.

The stolen information includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information, including about 400 state purchasing card numbers. The individuals affected are mostly in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the university said.

Georgia Tech said it is unaware of any misuse of the information from the compromised computer account, but it is contacting individuals affected by the incident as a precautionary measure. Georgia Tech is encouraging the affected staff to notify the appropriate credit reporting agencies that their personal information may have been compromised. Georgia Tech also has alerted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Georgia Tech regrets that this potential loss of data occurred and will work with the affected individuals to mitigate their exposure," said James Fetig, associate vice president of Institute Communications and Public Affairs. "Our investigation is continuing, and we apologize for any inconvenience this incident may cause."

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