CMU Says Hacker Broke Into Computers

More than 5,000 alerted to possible identity thefts By Bill Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A hacker who tapped into business school computers at Carnegie Mellon University may have compromised sensitive personal data belonging to

5,000 to 6,000 graduate students, staff, alumni and others, officials said yesterday.

The breach confirmed by officials in the Tepper School of Business is the latest in a recent string of campus computer break-ins nationally and the second since early March affecting Tepper.

There is no evidence that any data, including Social Security and credit card numbers, have been misused, officials said. But they have begun sending e-mails and letters alerting those affected.

They include graduate students and graduate degree alumni from 1997 to

2004, master's of business administration applicants from September 2002 through May 2004, doctoral applicants from 2003 to this year, and participants in a conference that was being arranged by the school's staff.

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