UCLA Suffers Largest Identity Theft Ever
In what lasted for over 13 months, the University of
California - Los Angeles (UCLA) was the victim of
unauthorized computer database access effecting
Those impacted were students, faculty and staff members
both past and present. In a letter sent today by the
acting chancellor to all those effected, the computer
database break in occurred from October 2005
through November 21, 2006.
Some cases date back to the early 1990s.
Beyond just staff and students though, this break-in also
effected applicants the past 5 years who did not
enroll at the university.
Plus, some parents of students or applicants who had applied for
Even 3,200 of those being notified are current or former staff and
faculty of UC Merced and current or former staff of UC's Oakland
UCLA handles administrative processing for both groups.
"We take our responsibility to safeguard
personal information very seriously,"
Among the data prized by identity thieves everywhere, the hackers
gained access to the following highly confidential information:
- Home addresses
- Social security numbers (ssn)
- Dates of birth (dob)
Basically, with these type of data, even a relatively novice identity
theft fraudster can easily open up new accounts during this
holiday shopping season and likely the evidence of it would not be
uncovered until months afterwards.
So, our tip for today is if you or anyone you know who was a student,
student applicant, or faculty member of the UCLA dating back to the
early 1990's, contact the university's special toll free hotline
Also, given the rather lengthy amount of time since the initial
break in by the computer hackers (Oct., 2005), it would be wise
to also quickly contact any of the three national credit bureaus
to place a fraud alert and/or credit freeze (depending on
what state you currently reside in) on your file.
UCLA can be contacted on their special toll-free line of
(877) 533-8082 -or- on their special identity theft