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If you are one of about 32,000 students at UCLA before April of last year, your Social Security and other information may have been targeted in a hacking attack on the Westwood campus.

UCLA officials are sending out notifications about a cyberattack on a university computer server containing personal information about some students, officials said Friday.

They do not believe the hacker actually obtained any sensitive information, but that possibility can’t be “conclusively ruled out.”

According to UCLA, the attack was aimed at a Summer Sessions and International Education Office server that contains information such as students’ names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health insurance IDs and some student-reported medical information.

“Extensive forensic analysis of the attack does not show that the attacker actually accessed or acquired any personal information on the server,” according to the university. “However, that possibility cannot be conclusively ruled out.”

The attack did not threaten any information provided by students on or after April 13, 2016, UCLA officials said.

“We have made modifications to the server to help protect against another cyberattack, and we continue to work to strengthen the security of our systems,” according to UCLA.

The university is offering one year of free identity protection services to affected people. Notices are being sent out and should be received in the next few weeks, officials said.

–City News Service

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