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Sunday, July 24, 2005

USC Security Flap

If you recently tried applying to USC for employment or academic purposes, you may have noticed that the online application is no longer a viable option – and for good reason. Last week an official memo was issued to all individuals who used the online application system since 1999 indicating that,

“ We recently were advised that an unknown person/persons may have compromised USC’s online application database by using a “hacking” technique that permitted the unauthorized individual(s) to bypass the password requirements of the system and access certain information in the database.”

The memo goes on to say that,

“A reporter contacted our Information Security Office to advise us that he has received information from an individual who claimed to have been able to access this information while he was attempting to apply to USC online.”

The memo, signed by USC Dean of Admission on Financial Aid, Katherine Harrington, admits that a small amount of records - which also revealed individuals social security numbers – have been viewed by the hackers.

Although someone out there may have assumed your identity, USC is hoping for return customers. The FAQ portion of the memo reads, “ It ( the online application) will be live again shortly, and may already be online by the time you are reading this. Please be assured that the site will be completely secured once it is available.”

Shouldn’t that have been the case the first time?

Their solution? Get a free credit report, or contact the California State Attorney General.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am wondering why anybody would want to steal the identity of a USC applicant in the first place. If it was a UCLA student or employee I could understand, but USC - no way!

July 24, 2005 3:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

wow. Can you imagine two OJ Simpsons out there? Yikes.

July 24, 2005 3:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Speaking of South LA, whassup with AV going down to the ceremonies with Rev. Price today? Is AV buddying-up with Lou Sheldon's main man? Get the scoop, Mayor San, before Kevin Roderick does...

July 24, 2005 4:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

didn't AV get lots of support from the gay community during his election?

July 24, 2005 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Mayor Sam: find out if Antonio really went to the Price ceremony today. He is going to have some explaining to do...

July 24, 2005 5:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Two thumbs up for putting up this type of posting. I admire a person who takes a stand at consumer protection. As a previous victim of identity theft, it is a nightmare to endure countless days, months, and years trying to sort everything out and take care of it legally. It is sort of like a rape, in essence, you feel raped by the person who assumed your identity with disregard to your hard work in establishing credit and payment history. I had a person using my personal data in Michigan and Southern California. They used my data to buy a house and other things, but finally after many years it was sort of taken care of. I had to actually fight hard to get help, I hope this NEVER happens to any of you. Thanks Ms. Yorty for your fine post.

July 24, 2005 5:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ms. Yorty,

I was just wondering, what happens now to the people that did apply?

What steps should they take as of right now to protect themselves?

July 24, 2005 5:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, if it goes back to 199 just quit paying the Sears bill and say it wasn't you. :)

July 24, 2005 6:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm waiting for Boi from Troy to chime in .. this is his stomping grounds.


July 24, 2005 8:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What the f^*k a third rate university has to do with LA politics?

July 24, 2005 9:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

USC is just the latest in this hacking Hall of Shame that now includes Cal State Chico, Boston College, ChoicePoint to name just a few. California actually passed a good law a couple of years ago that requires institutions to notify those affected. I still fear though that institutions will not take identity theft seriously until they get hit with some big verdicts or penalties.

July 24, 2005 10:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Slight correction to above 10:05pm. Actually ChoicePoint sold personal information to criminals, but data was still compromised as in other incidents.

July 24, 2005 10:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Antonio will get blasted by the gays if he did show up to that ceremony. Gay organizations stormed city council on Friday and made them all look like idiots for approving a circle honoring Rev. Price who is a bigot, is anti-semite, etc. etc. None of the city council members knew who the hell he was.

Will someone tell Antonio to start acting like a Mayor and stay out of CD14.

Start Time: 8:00
Ending Time: 12:00 PM
Event Description:
Make a Difference in Your Home Town August 6!
Our Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presents a Day of Service for Northeast LA,
Saturday, August 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

July 25, 2005 6:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No shite Sherlock -- when he was CM, all he could do was run around and "pretend" he was the mayor-in-training... now he's back to playing at CM.

July 25, 2005 10:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam

your blog is boring

July 25, 2005 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

07/24/05 9:50pm
What the F$$k does USC have to do with LA Politics?

What has influence in the court of law? The print media? City Politics? Wake up and do your

F??ken Homework Punk!

July 25, 2005 6:00 PM  

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