OSU Bookstore investigating possible ID theft

June 3, 2008


The Oregon State Police is investigating the theft of personal information from as many as 4,700 online customers of the OSU Bookstore who used credit cards to purchase items.

In March, OSP began investigation into a report that approximately 30 OSU Bookstore customers. personal information may have been compromised following online orders.

Then last week, telephone calls and e-mails began coming into the bookstore from customers who had noticed fraudulent charges on their credit cards almost immediately after placing online orders, according to OSU Bookstore General Manager Steve Eckrich. .We immediately shut down our servers when we recognized it as an external breach,. he said.

The Bookstore has alerted its online customers who had made a purchase. Lt. Jeff Lanz, the OSP Area Commander at the Oregon State University office, said online theft can lead to felony criminal charges including theft, identity theft, computer crime and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Lanz said the security breach appears to have originated from an unknown source outside the university.

The OSU Bookstore has hired an outside agency to help with its own investigation and to provide guidance on strengthened security safeguards for its computing network.

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