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Phishing scheme opens data breach potential on San Francisco campus

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Campus administrators and faculty are not immune to the email plague of phishing. That became evident at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) this week when a physician was fooled into revealing a username and password to hackers. An official looking email made to look like it was sent by university computer security staff asked the doc to provide the information. It is unclear whether any sensitive information was accessed but the employee’s email account did include information about patients, including demographic and clinical data as well as Social Security numbers of four patients. Though commonly thought of in financial circles, it is clear that campus employees and faculty need to be educated about such threats and remain vigilant. [end] 

CardSmith in is rolling out real-time account activation for its clients using the company’s IDMS system.

IDMS, CardSmith’s card printing and production system, continuously updates the company’s transaction system anytime a card is printed or replaced. This means that students can walk out of their campus card office with an active, transaction-ready credential. Providing students with an active ID at the time of issuance eliminates delays associated with batch file processing, a common occurrence in other systems.

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In an attack on the Johns Hopkins University servers, a hacker was able to obtain the names, emails and phone numbers of some 850 current and past biomedical engineering students.

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A theft at the University of California at San Francisco may compromise the personal data of some 10,000 people associated with the institution.

The university has sent letters to those it believes have been affected after one of its campuses fell victim to computer theft. UCSF reported that unencrypted desktop computers were stolen on January 11 from the UCSF Family Medicine Center in Lakeshore, Calif.

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The University of Maryland has been the subject of a massive data breach, leaving the personal accounts of students, faculty and staff vulnerable.

University officials anticipate that the data breach includes information on anyone who was issued a campus ID for university’s College Park and Shady Grove campuses since 1998 – an estimated 309,079 students, faculty and staff accounts.

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Student purchases made on the University of Wisconsin’s campus – with the university’s Wiscard – are set to be simplified as well as offer additional discounts on food.

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