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Computer server at University of Maine hacked

Monday, May 14, 2012

Social Security numbers and credit card information of 2,818 users of a University of Maine computer server may have fallen into the hands of hackers, according to university officials.

The security breach involved students who made purchases through a campus-based computer store at the university’s Orono campus.


It is not yet known whether any of the data that the hackers supposedly obtained has been used, said university sources. That data included 435 credit card numbers and 1,175 Social Security numbers.

The server that was hacked supports only online sales of campus computer stores and is not related to any other university computer system containing student or university data, said university officials.

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