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June 5th, 2008

OSU Bookstore Online Customers Payment Information Stolen

According to Oregon State officials, credit card scammers may have defrauded 4,700 online customers of the school’s bookstore. In March, OSP began investigation into a report that approximately 30 OSU Bookstore customers’ personal information may have been compromised following online orders. Last week, telephone calls and e-mails began coming into the bookstore from customers who had noticed fraudulent charges on their credit cards almost immediately after placing online orders.

Bookstore servers were shut down when the security breach was discovered. The hackers tried different attacks on Bookstore website and evidently had found a vulnerability in it. The security breach appears to have originated outside the university, but where is unknown.

The Bookstore has alerted its online customers who had made a purchase and hired an outside agency to help with its own investigation and to provide guidance on strengthened security safeguards for its computing network.

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