Stanford network breached; hacker reportedly claims responsibility
Stanford University’s Internet technology database was hacked and school officials are suggesting students and staff reset their passwords as a precautionary measure.
School officials made the announcement in a campus-wide email.
“We do not yet know the scope of the intrusion, but we are working closely with information security consultants and law enforcement to determine its source and impact,” read a message posted on the school’s website Thursday.
“We are not aware at this time of any protected health information, personal financial information or Social Security numbers being compromised, and Stanford does not conduct classified research,” the message continued.
The university suggested that all users of Stanford’s network reset their passwords as a precautionary measure.
The technology blog TechCrunch suggests the notice could be linked to a breach by a hacker known as “Ag3nt47,” who reportedly hacked Stanford, Harvard and other renowned schools in May.
In a Tweet since deleted, Ag3nt47 claimed to have downloaded the university’s entire database but had only published a sliver of it online. TechCrunch saved the tweet and posted it along with its story.
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