College: Stanford University

Date: May 11, 2005

Hackers working from a remote location broke into Stanford’s Career Development Center database and gained the identities, resumes, and socials of over 10,000 students and clients, as well as 300 recruiters.  Once the security breached occurred, the university responded in an online FAQ it posted for current student and alumni saying, “we do not comment on our security.” They did, however, inform the FBI, which forced the IT department to shut down the center’s system and send letters to those whose files were compromised. Adding insult to irony, the university had announced plans to participate with other colleges in a specialty group titled TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology) that would dedicate resources to secure higher-education data from cyber-attacks.