UNC security breach less severe than feared

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

As an update to a previously reported breach:

A hacker who wormed into a UNC Chapel Hill computer server may not have gotten access to as much information as officials originally feared.

UNC School of Medicine officials said last week that a security breach had left data related to as many as 236,000 women enrolled in a mammography study exposed, including 163,000 social security numbers.

But now school officials say the number of exposed files is actually about 160,000 total, including about 114,000 social security numbers, said Stephanie Crayton, a UNC Health Care spokeswoman.

Source: NewsObserver.com

This week, UNC was also informed by DataBreaches.net that the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication server appeared to have been infected and was serving up spam. In that case, the compromise appeared to be due to a known WordPress vulnerability affecting older versions of WordPress.

Original Source: http://www.databreaches.net/?p=7563
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