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Cyberhacker attacks UCR cash registers

UC Riverside Experiences a Credit/Debit Card Security Breach

Police recommend that customers who have paid with credit or debit cards at UCR food services locations keep a close eye out for fraudulent charges

(November 29, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( –- UC Riverside is reporting that campus cash registers at food services locations were compromised by a cyberhacker.

Although the problem was discovered and repaired last week, hackers may have gained access to 5,000 individual card numbers.

The campus community has been notified by email. Vice Chancellor Gretchen Bolar said that because visitors may also have been victimized, she wanted to put the word generally out to the media.

“We are doing everything we can think of to notify people,” she said. “If you used your credit or debit card at any UCR Dining Services location from Summer 2011 through November 16, 2011, you may have been affected by this breach of security,” she said. The hacker had unauthorized access to card numbers, cardholder names, card expiration dates and an encrypted version of debit card pin numbers.

The best course of action is to monitor card activity carefully, and report any suspicious activity. Any fraud should be reported immediately to the financial institution that issued the card, as well as to UCR through a website at The website does not request credit/debit card information.

The website provides a list of Frequently Asked Questions and includes a way to request direct contact.

UCR Police are investigating the incident.

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