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UC Berkeley Suffers Security Infringement

In the year 2015, a data breach was detected at UCB (University of California, Berkeley) when the Information Technology department of the university requested one cyber-security company for helping in an investigation into the incident. Consequently, the company was just able to make one list of the impacted people, February 25, 2016.

The cyber attackers by hacking Berkeley's systems in December acquired admission into the school's computer program used for managing its finance because the system had certain security flaw. The data that got leaked consisted of bank account details and Social Security Numbers (SSNs).

As per university officials, they've reported the incident to their area law enforcement and the FBI. Berkeley's press statement indicates that the information of 57,000 students, both current and erstwhile, got potentially hijacked. However, the university would provide one year of free credit protection facility to those victimized in the case, the school has announced. The remaining information compromised was of the vendors associated with USB along with existing and erstwhile staff. Bitcoinist.net posted this online dated February 27, 2016.

Meanwhile, when February 2016 started, one more university of USA the University of Central Florida too encountered one data hack that caused the details to be exposed from the accounts of more than 63,000 faculty as well as staff members along with erstwhile and current students.

Information Security Chief Paul Rivers of University of California, Berkeley elaborates that the university attaches high importance to privacy and security vis-à-vis members' private information; therefore, the institution regrets the incident while it has adopted extra measures for protecting the same in a better way.

The UCB incident yet again reflects the way centralization carries severe loopholes. Ideally, these organizations should examine zero-knowledge proof and blockchain technology systems. MIT's Enigma and the like concepts have been seen thrusting the kinds of trustless technology while they are infiltrating core discussions of Bitcoin too. Schools, financial institutions and businesses require understanding that the centralized manner of storing personal data can expose it to failures, thereby openly inviting hackers, malicious entities, and NSA to snoop inside the private matters of general public.

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