IT Trends :: Thursday, July 13, 2006

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Western Illinois University Hit with Security Breach

On June 5, hackers obtained access to at least 180,000 Social Security and credit card numbers stored on Western Illinois University’s student service servers (used for the school bookstore, hotel, financial aid services, and admissions Web site). A spokeswoman for the school said the breach was discovered just hours after it occurred and affected people have been notified by e-mail and letters… (CNET

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Hacker Breaks Into UT Computer With Workers' Information

The University of Tennessee joins the list of schools suffering from security breaches. Roughly 36,000 university employees’ personal information was exposed over a period of nine months. So far, there is no evidence of this information being used illegally. The assistant vice president for information technology said, “Every precaution is being taken to safeguard security, including a thorough review of file storing and sharing and strengthening security measures in the affected area.”… (WorldNow and WATE)

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Protect Your Passwords

College servers may be attractive to hackers because of their accessibility and the information they contain, such as Social Security numbers. Arizona State University’s Office of Technology is confident about the security of their essentially managed database. Users have automatic firewall protection and hacker monitoring systems. Unfortunately, this is not true of all of ASU’s individual departmental Web sites... (ASU Web Devil)

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Merriam-Webster Unveils New Dictionary Entries

At the end of the summer, the newest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary will hit the shelves. Among the more than 100 new words are the noun “mouse potato” and the verb “Google.” In recent years, technology-related words have been becoming more popular, proving their staying power, and making it into the dictionary… (

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