60,000 UW-Madison ID Cards Hacked
DATA LOSS—U.SDecember 10, 2010
University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered on October 26 that hackers accessed records containing identification cards that included names, photos and ID numbers of former students, faculty and staff members, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. The ID numbers had embedded in them the Social Security numbers of the card owners. "Before privacy was taken as seriously as it is today, a student's Social Security number was embedded inside that ID card number," a UW-Madison representative said. A university investigation suggests that the information has not been downloaded or used inappropriately, but, the report states, the identities of the hackers remain unknown.