Hackers Go Back to Schools

Just sent your kid off to college? Beware: Colleges and universities are still the most likely victims of a security breach, according to a new study by the AARP Public Policy Institute. And one third of all breaches in the study originated from hackers breaking into computer systems to steal personal data.

The study analyzes data gathered by the Identity Theft Resource Center on 244 publicly disclosed breaches reported between January 1, 2005 to May 26, 2006, which had potentially exposed the names of 89.8 million people.

Educational institutions suffered the brunt of the breaches, with 43 percent; government, 17 percent; business, 15 percent; financial services, 13 percent; and healthcare organizations, 12 percent. Dark Reading - Hackers Go Back to Schools - Security News Analysis

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 7th September 2006 10:22PM