Caution Urged In City College Of San Francisco Computer Use

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As thousands of students and employees return today to City College of San Francisco - where criminal hackers, it turns out, have been scanning computer data for years - campus officials are warning everyone to change computer passwords, avoid using school computers for banking or purchases, and to check home computers for viruses.

In an e-mail sent to students and employees Friday, Chancellor Don Griffin urged people who think their personal information may have been stolen to contact campus police.

"The College has hired a firm that specializes in computer system security, USDN Inc., to assist in a vigorous effort to determine how widespread the viruses are, and what if any information has been illegally transferred to third parties outside the College," Griffin wrote.

The college detected the problem in November, when its data security monitoring service saw an unusual pattern of computer traffic.

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