IPFW Reports Rare Breach Following Malware Install

Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne announced last month that unspecified personal information from 32 mostly international students might have been accessed after "an unknown intruder" installed software on a university computer.

The school reported the incident following an internal audit of a former staff member's on campus computer that revealed malware, including an e-mail-stealing Trojan horse, was installed via an e-mail attachment, according to a report in the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette.

Robert Kostrubanic, director and chief information officer of IPFW's information technology services, said the breach is the first one administrators have been aware of in more than nine years. Social Security numbers and taxpayer identification numbers might have been exposed, Kostrubanic told the local WANE-TV television station. He could not specify what university department housed the affected workstation.

IPFW has sent letters to the people whose information might have been accessed.

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