Anonymous Hackers Target University of Pittsburgh

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In a video posted on YouTube, members of Anonymous claim to have accessed personal information on students, employees and alumni of the University of Pittsburgh.

"The video says that included in the more than 200 gigabytes of hacked data is student passwords and user names, parental and address information, payment information including credit card data, and other sensitive data," writes Essential Public Radio's Mark Nootbaar. "University of Pittsburgh Spokesperson Robert Hill says the university has examined its systems and has found no evidence of any breach."

"According to the hacktivists, the University not only failed to protect student information stored on its systems, but also aided authorities to apprehend a number of individuals that were considered to be Anonymous supporters," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "As a result, the hackers want University of Pittsburg representatives to post an apology on the institution’s public website and keep it there for 'no less than 15 days.'"

International Business Times' Jacob Kleinman has posted a transcript of the video here.

"Sadly, I think Anonymous has just played right into the hands of those who would promote CISPA and broad information sharing by non–government entities with the federal government," DataBreaches.net reports. "Anonymous is also showing no regard for the privacy of students who have done nothing wrong but who may have their details posted online. The hack is reportedly in response to the university being involved in the arrest of several supporters of Anonymous. And while the university might be embarrassed or incur expenses if the data are all posted online, I suspect there will be a greater backlash against Anonymous for using the 99% as a mere tool in their campaign."