The University of California-Davis determined June 15 that someone had breached computer security and gained access to the records of about 1,120 applicants to the School of Veterinary Medicine for the 2007-2008 school year.
The hacker accessed information that included applicants' names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers.
The security breach became apparent when new veterinary students attempted to create campus computer accounts and received notification that accounts already existed in their names. Further investigation revealed that the hacker also might have accessed the records of 375 applicants for the 2004-2005 school year.
University police, in cooperation with the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force, launched a criminal investigation. The veterinary school is working with law enforcement to determine how the hacker breached computer security.
On June 27, the dean of the veterinary school sent mail and e-mail to warn applicants and students whose information the hacker could have accessed. The messages advised the individuals to contact their financial agencies and the major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on their accounts. The university will make available a one-year credit monitoring service for these individuals.