While a hacker claimed he stole private information from a San Jose State University server, University officials disputed that any information of importance was taken from their servers in the breach.
Student Dave Rasumson told KTVU he had received no notification at all about any breach from the school. He said he was "unnerved" after he learned about it on Twitter.
The hacker, who operates under the handle "S1ngularity," bragged on Twitter about breaking into the server and taking, among other things, 10,000 social security numbers..
San Jose State officials contend the 9 digit numbers accessed were not social security number but student ID numbers. They maintain that the server did not contain important information.
"San Jose State is still trying to match what is claimed with what we have in the database," said university spokesperson Pat Lopes Harris. "There is no need to notify students yet. That process is triggered by a breach like social security numbers."
UT Identity Finder, a data security company, claims the hacked information includes 21,130 email addresses, drivers license numbers, phone numbers, addresses and plain text passwords for various web services.
Computer engineering student Israel Mireles said he was not worried about the breach.
"[The hacker] probably has the capability to get that information, but it's useless without certain other information," said Mireles.
But industry expert Robert Enderle offered a differnet opinion.
"Things like student IDs, things that aren't always public, can put a person who thinks it's private at risk," explained Enderle.
Enderle said San Jose State University should have warned students about the breach because in this day and age, it's better to err on the side of caution.
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