The Switchboard: Hackers steal 309,000 Social Security numbers from University of Maryland

February 20

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University of Maryland hacked; 309,000 Social Security numbers stolen "The names and Social Security numbers of more than 309,000 students and staff from the University of Maryland, dating back to 1998, were stolen in a 'sophisticated' security attack that penetrated recently bolstered defenses, the school’s president announced late Wednesday," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Scrutiny in California for software in schools. "A leading California lawmaker plans to introduce state legislation on Thursday that would shore up privacy and security protections for the personal information of students in elementary through high school," reports the New York Times, "a move that could alter business practices across the nearly $8 billion education technology software industry."

Government cancels plan to collect license plate data. "The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday," reports the Associated Press, "and dropped plans to allow a private company to give the government access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information."

Republicans protest FCC's net neutrality move, ISPs less concerned. "Some Republican policymakers objected to a new U.S. Federal Communications Commission plan to reinstate its net neutrality rules after a court threw them out, but broadband providers appeared to be less concerned," Computerworld reports.

Use Tinder? Your exact location was exposed for weeks. The Switch's own Andrea Peterson reports that Tinder has "been plagued by security problems — including a recently revealed issue that could divulge the exact physical location of users without their consent."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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