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UC Berkeley warns 80,000 people over potential data theft

Social Security numbers and banking info may have been heisted.

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The University of California, Berkeley is warning 80,000 people -- including current and former students, faculty and vendors -- that hackers have accessed a computer system that stored their Social Security and banking information. The university says it has not found evidence hackers "accessed, acquired or used any personal information." Regardless, the school is warning people to keep an eye on their credit and is also offering free credit protection services for those impacted.

"The security and privacy of the personal information provided to the university is of great importance to us," UC Berkeley CISO Paul Rivers said in a statement. "We regret that this occurred and have taken additional measures to better safeguard that information."

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