University of California-Berkeley Hacked; Exposes 160,000 to Identity Theft

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The University of California-Berkeley recently acknowledged that hackers breached a database of the university's health system records, including 160,000 names and Social Security numbers.

UC Berkeley said it was notifying the people affected about possible identity theft or fraud, but the initial data theft may have occurred months before the university's IT security administrators caught on.

The server breach began on October 9, 2008 and continued until April 9, 2009, when campus network security administrators found messages left by the hackers, according to the university's website. MORE

The university has set up a website at and have also established a 24 hour data theft hot line at 888-729-3301 to help answer questions.

The University says that though no one has reported they've yet to become an identity theft victim, many people are calling with questions.

If you are concerned about this (or any other) data breach -you still have time to take the necessary steps to help lessen your risk, and impact, of an identity theft;

 See earlier blog for more information. Take control of your identity -before someone else does!

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