UC Berkeley officials have reported to 80,000 current and prior students and faculty that the university may have fallen victim to a cyber-attack that could result in the compromising of personal information stored within the university. Berkeley is not completely sure that the attacks have resulted in information loss or theft, but have taken the responsible course of action and reported the crime to all potentially impacted parties. Reports indicate that the attacker struck while the Berkeley system was updating, leaving the system vulnerable to a well-timed attack. Though the offender has not yet been identified, officials within the school are suspicious of insiders due to the timing of the attack, and the fact that the only way such an attack would be possible is with insider information. The school has notified the FBI and is working with an unnamed cyber security company to both resolve the current issue and to prevent future attacks. Berkeley is offering free credit protection service to any possible victims of the attacks as compensation.
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