Hacker accesses personal information from U-M databases

July 21, 2007

By Jennifer Dixon, Free Press Staff Writer


The University of Michigan has notified 5,500 current and former students that a hacker gained access to personal information on two School of Education databases.

University technology administrators noticed suspicious activity on a server on July 3 and the letters went out July 16.

Kelly Cunningham, a university spokeswoman, said Saturday that the databases contained no financial information, such as credit card numbers, nor did they contain students. grades. The databases, however, did have names, addresses, some Social Security numbers and some birth dates, and in some cases, the school districts where former students were teaching.

Cunningham said the university.s public safety department is investigating. She said there is no evidence the hackers were after personal information in the databases, one of which dealt with teacher certification.

"Because we care so deeply about our students and former students, we took the measure of notifying people as a precaution," she said.

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