Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Reminder: UH security breach phone call 10:30 a.m. today

by Larry Geller

Ok, the crazy robocalls are over. No more insulting campaign literature.

Time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Here’s a conference call you might want to join, especially if your data or your family member’s data was compromised by the University of Hawaii (you can find out by going to and searching for your name).

Here are the call details, from the LIberty Coalition press release, and thanks to Aaron Titus for explaining the details to me. I’ll pick up on possible actions that we might take soon after the conference call:

Liberty Coalition Reaches Out to Victims of UH Breach: Conference Call Today

The Liberty Coalition will hold a conference call for the press, UH Alumni, and the security community on Today, November 3, 2010 at 10:30 AM HST/ 4:30 PM EST. Liberty Coalition Privacy Director Aaron Titus will explain the details of the investigation, and answer questions from the press, alumni and members of the security community.  Representatives from the University of Hawaii were also invited to participate on the call.

Dial: (610) 214-0200, Access Code: 863597#

On October 28th the University of Hawaii-Manoa announced that it breached the personal information of 40,101 students who attended between 1990-1998 and 2001, and West Oahu in the fall of 1994, or graduated between 1988-1993. This information included names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, demographic, and detailed academic performance data. This call is a part of the Liberty Coalition’s ongoing support to UH alumni affected by the recent breach of personal information.

The Liberty Coalition has already fielded dozens of questions from concerned alumni, which will be addressed at the press conference (to the extent possible), including:

· What new risks do victims face? Could this breach affect existing credit cards?

· Why has the name of the faculty member been withheld?

· “…if the university knew about this since mid-October... why only tell everyone now?"

· Why did the faculty member take the personal information home?

· Who authorized the faculty member to have access to SSNs?

· Why didn't the university get permission from alumni before using their personal information for a study?

· Will UH pay for credit monitoring?

· Who is going to get fired over this? What legal consequences will UH face over this breach?

· What will UH do to make sure this kind of breach won't happen again?

The call will be recorded and posted at More information is available at



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