Friday, January 13, 2012

The True Cost of a Higher Education

Identity Theft. Viruses stole City College of S.F. data for years

They claim it is because there is no money. But the fact that as part of the government, they can't be sued, probably didn't help up the priority on security.
Personal banking information and other data from perhaps tens of thousands of students, faculty and administrators at City College of San Francisco have been stolen in what is being called "an infestation" of computer viruses with origins in criminal networks in Russia, China and other countries, The Chronicle has learned.

At work for more than a decade, the viruses were detected a few days after Thanksgiving, when the college's data security monitoring service detected an unusual pattern of computer traffic, flagging trouble.
The problem still isn't corrected.

Administration passwords unchanged for 10 years, is just one example. (It doesn't take a capital expenditure to change passwords; it only takes people who care.)

Those identities have been stolen. They just haven't been used yet.
A lot of criminals see students as investments in the future - people with clean credit records who, if they get a college degree, will be high income and a good identity to steal.
And you thought those student loans were a bitch.

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