Sacramento State server hack affects nearly 2,000 employees

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An unknown party hacked into a California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) computer server, compromising the personal data of nearly 2,000 employees. 

How many victims? 1,800 staffers.

What type of personal information? Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers were among the personal data.

What happened? Hackers broke into a computer server and had access to the employee information.

What was the response? Sacramento State opened an investigation, ultimately determining that the computer server had been breached by an unknown party and that personal data had been accessed. Letters are being sent to affected individuals.

Details: The university learned of the breach on Aug. 23 and, following a month-long investigation, determined the information had been accessed by an unknown party around Sept. 23. Sacramento State began notifying affected employees by mail roughly three weeks later – officials said it took that much time to prepare the letters. As of now, staffers have not reported identity theft as a result of the breach.

Source: sacramento.cbslocal.com, CBS Sacramento, “Sacramento State Employees Just Being Notified About August Security Breach,” Oct. 16, 2013.

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