Hacker Hits UM System

9 years 4 months 3 weeks ago May 08, 2007 May 8, 2007 Tuesday, May 08 2007 Tuesday, May 08, 2007 7:55:06 PM CDT in News
Now 22,396 people are at risk for identity theft.  The university noticed a problem on Thursday, May 3, but thought it was just related to repairs.

MU police got the FBI involved on Monday and its investigation is underway because names and social security numbers have been stolen.  The university sent out a mass email Tuesday morning warning as many people as possible.

The people at risk: Anyone who worked for the UM system in 2004 who is also a current or former student of the Columbia campus.

"Of course your social security number stays with you your whole life, that's why we're trying very aggressively, to get the word out that they need to take these simple steps," said Scott Charton, University of Missouri.

"I've worked investigations were people have had car loans, house loans, using someone else's identity, all that will come back on that person's credit history the legitimate person," said detective Mike Lederle, Internet Crimes Task Force.

Officials say if you think you're a victim of identity theft you can call any of the three major credit agencies and file a fraud alert. Banks and other organizations that are prone to identity theft often enroll victims in credit watch and protection programs to head-off any potential identity theft problems that customers may encounter.

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