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Students React to Cornell Security Breach
Most Frustrated, Some More Nonchalant, None Happy
| June 23, 2009
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Students who had their social security numbers stolen during a security breach at Cornell University are not taking the news lightly. Facebook news feeds and Twitter accounts have been buzzing with acknowledgments of their social security numbers being stolen. Some have just addressed their frustration, saying "Big Red Fail" or "WTF Cornell!?" Some are offering links to credit protection sites. Even a few have been explicit, using graphic language and threatening acts of vandalism against the University.
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Many students have expressed outrage at the event. Geoff Bacon, an affected Cornell junior told WVBR that, "I want this person fired." Others have been taking the event in stride. Senior Eric Ross reacted calmly to the breach. "I just called and put a [fraud] alert on my account." Ross said. Arjun Natarujun, a recent Cornell graduate, expressed his displeasure toward the incident before chucking and saying "at least there [are] 45,000 other people in the boat with me." A few individuals have become incredibly paranoid over the theft. One sophomore, who asked not to be identified, said he's going to be paying cash in the near future. "I think I'll walk into the bursar's office and pay my bill in twenties," he told WVBR. WVBR reported Tuesday that over 45,000 Social Security numbers belonging to Cornell students and staff that were stolen during a security breach involving the theft of a University computer. No acts of fraud have been reported as of yet. WVBR will be providing updates as the story develops in the coming days.
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Charlie from Dallas, Texas | June 24, 2009, 1:22pm
They should of been using the Ironkey system. Most likely it never would of happened.

Jim from Philadelphia | June 24, 2009, 12:43pm
Cornell should be ashamed of itself. If they can't responsibly handle confidential information...and they have shown repeatedly that they cannot, then they have no right to ask for it in the first place. The damage done here is very long lasting as SS #s never change. Cornell requires a total housecleaning, should be made to provide LIFETIME credit monitoring and remediation services and should reimburse every affected individual for their trouble. Cornell Parent

Joe from New York | June 24, 2009, 11:58am
Mike, generally when someone puts a credit check on their account, it means a credit monitor will contact him whenever an account of any kind is opened in his name. So that prevents that issue. This will also make it much more difficult for a theif to, say, take out a mortgage in his name, or buy insurance. In addition, it is important to keep in mind that the chance of this happening to anyone is at most 1 in 45,000. So while it is something to be slightly concerned about, its nothing to fret over.

Mike from Atlanta | June 24, 2009, 9:32am
"I just put a credit check on my account, thats all,". Now that is funny. What about the accounts the thief will open that Mr. Ross wont know about? What about the job the thief will have in his name that he wont know about? What about the house and the new car this thief will buy using his name? What about medical services? I dont think Mr. Ross and the other nonchalant students have no clue what a thief can do with their SSN.
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