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  • Guest

    Thank God that my transcript- 4.0 over 8 semesters was not compromised! Whew….

  • Great, my wife has worked there for years, but we never bought anything tehre until this year. Figures.

    • Doesn’t sound like there’s any need to be concerned on your part, the update to the story will be going up shortly, and one of the things it states is that only information from online purchases through the Computer Connection store up until December of 2010 is at risk. Sounds like you’re in the clear. 

  • Justin

    Nick – I’m sure you’ll get to this, but why were there Social Security numbers on the server?

    • Possibly because up until just a few years ago a student’s ID# was their SSN#. Just a thought.

      • Justin, Daniel is correct. I’m updating the story as we speak and double checked with UMaine to make sure this was the case. Those SSNs were holdovers from purchases made before UMaine switched to student ID numbers.

      • Jessica Anderson-Wade

        It’s been a lot longer than a “few years.”

        • While I attended school I was transitioned to the new ID# around 2008-2009 is what I thought. I could’t remember exactly.

        • Justin

          As of 2005 they were still using SSNs.

          Nick: Thanks for the update!

  • Anonymous

    Big  F –  for Computer Science Courses. How can a University teach Computer Engineering when they cant even secure the University’s own Server.

    • PaulNotBunyan

      It was a system designed for on-campus computer stores and most likely was part of some package deal. I doubt that they asked their best computer science teachers for any advice when they made the deal.

  • Anonymous

    too busy spending grant money on wind developement and not on computer security.

    • Anonymous

      Because grant money given to and earned by one department is suppose to be used in one that didn’t apply for it? Someone as conservative, and inherently close minded, as yourself can comprehend that that doesn’t make sense. 

      • Anonymous

        it wasn’t made to make sense it was made to say that they are more concerned about their other programs and have not invested the proper time and finances to avoid such situations.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe this will lead to some athletic contests with the U of Arkansas–w0uldn’t that compensate for whatever else happens here?

  • ptkitty

    I never thought  UMaine and the University of Arkansas would be connected in the same story.

    Many readers are likely pleased that UMaine didn’t share it’s computer-glitch story with a real backwards, redneck college like the University of Mississippi.  Isn’t Mississippi and Arkansas usually the gold standard for under-performance and backwardness?   Is Maine now bucking for the distinction?

    • Smell Ya Later Occutards!

      Ole Miss and University of Arkansas are fine schools. How elitist of you.

  • Anonymous

    BEWARE I have found that it is not safe to use credit or debt cards at OMO,  my cards have been comprmised twice from transactions I have  made there.  In the end I wasn’t held responsible for the charges, but  I wasnt that impressed

  • Guest

    Hackers.. What ever happened to civility, where people helping people was the norm?  Be kind, be helpful and your heart will fill with joy.

  • Anonymous

     “This was a very isolated incident,” Waldron said.

    It always is.

  • So my girlfriend, who is a University of Rochester graduate just received an email from her alma matter. It seems UofR data was on this server also.

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