City College of S.F. Tells FBI Of Computer Viruses

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

City College of San Francisco officials have informed the FBI that computer viruses with origins in criminal networks have been found on campus computers, but say they have yet to find a single victim whose identity has been stolen.

Just to be sure, Chancellor Don Griffin is bringing in a second cybersecurity company to double check.

"We just need to nail this down," he said. "I don't want the impression out there that City College has a bunch of viruses, when in fact it does not."

The viruses came to light Nov. 28 when USDN, a cyber security company hired by the college, traced 723 Internet protocol addresses to criminal hacking networks in Russia, China and elsewhere. The company said the viruses had been lurking in the college's poorly guarded systems since 1999, transmitting information to the outside world every night at 10 p.m.

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