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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Hacker breaches Johns Hopkins University website

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A hacker claiming to be part of the Anonymous hackers group has breached the Johns Hopkins University website and leaked the data compromised from the database server.

The database server contains information of current and former biomedical engineering students.  The stolen information includes name, phone number and email id of students.

The University says no information such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers that would make identity theft a concert, is not involved in the breach.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the so-called anonymous hacker attempted to extort the university for further access to its database server, threatening to leak the stolen data unless university handed over the server password.

The breach reportedly occurred in last November, the vulnerability responsible for the breach has been patched.  The University is currently working with FBI and trying to remove the leaked data from online. 

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