Computer Intrusion Update

Posted: January 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In an effort to keep the George Mason community informed about developments on the computer intrusion that was discovered Jan. 3, the Daily Mason Gazette will periodically provide updates as new information becomes available. Students, faculty, and staff should also regularly check the special web site,, which has already been updated several times this week.

“No doubt, many members of the Mason community have been closely following the news media as they’ve been reporting on the break-in,” says Helen Ackerman, vice president for university relations. “In particular, I’m sure many have been reading the Washington Post coverage, and we feel that a few points have not been clearly made by the newspaper.” According to Ackerman, these include:

  • Mason’s key central servers that contain financial information, student grades, personnel records, and other highly sensitive information have not been affected by the break-in and are highly protected.
  • Records of applications from prospective students were not on the server that was hacked and have not been accessed.
  • As yet, the university has no evidence that any information has been stolen from the server. The university knows only that software tools for further hacking were placed on the server.

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