University of Southern California system reportedly hacked
University of Southern California has said that they are trying to contact all the individuals who have used the school’s online application system in the past eight years. This has become necessary after the university noticed hacking attempts on their system. They have reasons to believe that some of the records were seen by the hackers.
The criteria involved informing around 270,000 people though just a couple of entries are said to have been leaked through the system. The university is taking no chances with their security measures. L. Katharine Harrington, USC’s dean of admission and financial aid said in a statement to the media: “Although we believe that the scope of this is pretty small, we’re taking it very seriously and we are taking great care to notify every single person where there is even the potential that their records might have been viewed.â€
The hackers involved in the process discovered the glitch in their system on June 20. Though, they reported this flaw to an online security magazine, SecurityFocus. SecurityFocus then informed the university about this intrusion. FBI has been informed of this attempt though the university believes that no follow-ups are required considering their were no malicious attempts during the attempt to obtain private information.