Sunday, May 10, 2009
One of the servers at The University of California Berkeley (UCB) has been compromised by hackers. This was not discovered until April 9th of last month and has been going on since October 6th of 2008. It’s amazing how the hackers were able to maintain control of the servers for such a long time of such a big educational institute. It was discovered, by tracing and technological forensic experts, that the hackers originated from China.
The hackers were discovered when a system maintenance worker discovered a message left behind by the hackers. Apparently, it is common for hackers to leave behind secret hidden messages that tell the victim they are being hacked, similar to provoking or playing with the pray. I don’t really understand why they would want to give away the fact that the victim is being hacked since the hackers could have probably maintained control of the server if there were no traces left behind.
It appears that similar incidents has happened before where information has been stolen from UCB, however those cases usually were resolved before anything too major happened. This time, it seems like the thefts got away with 97,000 social security numbers of the staff, facility, and students there. It is also interesting to note that the notifying email sent out to the students and staff warning them of the security breach was not sent out until two days after the discovery of the hacking. Something as major as identity theft should be reported immediately to the victims.
Posted by Timmy Chung at 11:52 PM