State and federal authorities are investigating a hacker attack at University of California, Berkeley, after someone broke into a computer containing the Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 1 million people, many of them elderly and disabled participants in a state home-care program.

The break-in appears to be the largest yet to be publicly disclosed since passage of a 2003 California law requiring companies and agencies to warn people when their personal data may have been compromised, said Joanne McNabb, chief of the state Office of Privacy Protection.

While officials don't know yet if any personal information was taken, they are nonetheless urging anyone whose information may have been compromised to guard against identity theft. Investigators haven't discovered any instances of identity theft stemming from the break-in.

Oakland Tribune Online - Local & Regional News


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