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July 29th, 2008

CTW Library Consortium Computers Containing A Database Breached By Hackers

Two computer servers containing a database of Connecticut College, Wesleyan University and Trinity College library patrons were accessed by hackers, Connecticut College officials said Friday. The database included the names, addresses, social security and driver’s license numbers. The personal information on the servers belonged to 12 Wesleyan University library patrons, approximately 2,800 Connecticut College library patrons and three Trinity College library patrons.

David Pesci, director of public relations at Wesleyan, said that on Wednesday, when information technology workers noticed the servers had been broken into, they removed all the personal information. Investigators from Wesleyan believe the breach was committed so hackers could set up illegal chat rooms, attack other sites and perhaps send spam.

The breach was limited to two servers from the CTW library consortium housed at CTW’s headquarters at Wesleyan. It did not affect other servers in Wesleyan’s computer network, and no Wesleyan faculty, students or staff were affected. The CTW consortium has investigated this incident and found no evidence the personal information on the servers was viewed or stolen.

Officials from Wesleyan and CTW members have alerted police and the state attorney general’s office regarding this incident.

All personal information has been deleted from the database and steps were taken to secure the servers. Individuals with questions may contact Ruth Seeley, manager of computer support services at [email protected] or (860) 439-2052.

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