[telecom] UPenn: Hackers leak personal info of students, employees and alums

Hackers leak personal info of students, employees and alums

Team GhostShell, the group of hackers, has posted information from a Penn database

By JULIE XIE October 2, 2012

Around 120,000 records from universities around the world including Penn were released on the internet Monday.

Full names, PennCard numbers, phone numbers and email addresses of students, administrators and alumni were posted online. A total of

1,764 entries from Penn were released.

Information from five database tables called "aod_user," "coursereview_tblusers," "lgbtc_users," "nec_wp_users" and "OHE_FS_student" have been released. They were all part of a larger database entitled "vpul."

According to the leak, 322 database tables from Penn have been compromised, of which only these five have been released. This information was published on three different sites and has since been taken down from two of them.

The database tables listed seem to correspond with programs under the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life.

Vice President for University Communications Stephen MacCarthy confirmed the University became aware of the issue on Tuesday. Information Systems and Computing staff have taken the system that was hacked offline and are working to fix the issue.


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