Penn State University Cyberattack Exposes Social Security Numbers

A cyberattack at the Penn State University – the third time in six months – has resulted in close to 15,000 social security numbers getting exposed. This comes just two weeks after a similar attack at PSU left close to 9,766 SSNs exposed. According to Geoff Rushton, a spokesperson of PSU, the institution is working with national and regional agencies to investigate the case. The names of these agencies have not been released due to confidentiality agreements.

The exposed individuals are noted to be students at the university prior to 2005. Since 2005, the institution has stopped using SSNs as a personal identifier. While the database of numbers have since then been removed, an archived copy of the same is reported to have remained undetected in the computer cache from where these numbers were exposed.

A similar attack in December last year is reported to have exposed close to 30,000 SSN numbers.

[via Pittsburg Live]

Stroz Friedberg To Look Into Google Wi-Fi Privacy Breach

There was a lot of brouhaha last month over reports that Google had been collecting  private data transmitted via unsecured wireless networks on the company’s Street View vehicles. While Google confessed that the company had indeed breached on private information, the company said that the data collection occurred unintentionally and there was a software error in the episode.

Following the breach and the negative publicity that followed, Google has now annouced that the company is hiring leading Internet security firm, Stroz Friedberg to look into the software issues that led to the private data to be collected in the first place.

A report is expected by the end of this week.

[via NASDAQ]