Stanford University’s network hacked again

July 11th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

America’s famous Stanford University is also one of the victim of recent data breach incidents. This one being the second hack since May.

The University authorities had warned all the users, which include its staff, alumni and its students, to update their details as soon as possible. Specific details still remain scarce.

A banner alert had been posted on the main page of account system and all the users were sent email alert.

In recent months, there have been a lot similar hacks at Stanford and other universities, as found out by TechCrunch. The suspected hacker is claiming responsibility for the latest breach. Named Ag3nt47, the hacker has his information available publicly, casting doubt on his claim.

As stated by Stanford bosses, they were still not aware if any sensitive data had been stolen during this data breach incident. They also found this breach similar to other incidents which had been reported in past months by many large organizations and companies.

It is still not clear whether there is any direct connection to previous breach incidents in the university or attacks done by Ag3nt47.

Following the increasing number of cyber attacks, the worries of university community has been growing. Many of these data breach incidents seem to be targeting the precious research data.

It can be concluded that the data stolen aims at using the personal information for identity theft and passwords and usernames can be used to access the accounts.

University networks are much more hard to secure than corporate systems, because there are multiple devices and the individuals who use them, requiring attention towards wide range of services. This makes the data easily available to the hackers.

Whenever such incident takes place, users are urged to change their password as soon as possible, so selecting a strong password is recommended.

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