Mason Establishes Web Site on Computer Intrusion

Posted: January 12, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University has established a web site for students and employees who want up-to-date information on the illegal intrusion that was recently discovered on one of its servers. The address is: www.gmu.edu/intrusion.

This new site includes the text of the letter of notification from Joy Hughes, Mason’s vice president for information technology, that was sent to all campus community members informing them of the incident. In the letter, Hughes provides tips on what students and employees might do to minimize the likelihood of ID theft. The web site also has a series of “frequently asked questions.”

The university encourages students and employees to call its security information line at 703-993-8116 to report any problems or concerns or ask questions regarding this matter.

On January 3, 2005, the university discovered that a server relating to Mason’s ID cards was illegally entered. This server contained the names, photos, Social Security numbers and G numbers of all members of the Mason community who have identification cards. University Police have been contacted and are leading an investigation into the intrusion. University Police are expected to work with federal, state, and local authorities during the course of the investigation.

As yet, there is no evidence of any actual cases of identity theft or fraudulent use of the server data.

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