March 31, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 14
University Secures Breach in Campus Computer Network
Boston College has informed more than 100,000 of its alumni donors that a security breach was detected earlier this month on a computer located on campus that was managed by a third-party vendor.
In a letter sent to those alumni affected by the breach, Vice President for Information Technology Marian Moore stated that the computer was immediately taken off-line and the breach secured once it was detected by IT staff during a routine security check.
According to Moore, an extensive computer forensics investigation concluded that the computer was not targeted to access personal information, but to allow the hacker to launch attacks on other computers on the Internet.
In a statement to the media, Director of Public Affairs Jack Dunn said there was no evidence that personal information was accessed in any way, but given the seriousness of the issue, Boston College decided to send out a precautionary advisory to those alumni whose names were on the database with Federal Trade Commission guidelines they could follow to help ensure their privacy.
In addition, the University has established an alumni phone line at (866)683-6369 that will be staffed by BC employees to answer questions regarding the breach. Information is also available at www.bc.edu/offices/techsupport/security/.
-Stephen Gawlik •