Hackers (or, as I like to call them, "crackers") have reportedly gained personal information of 59,000 people affiliated with a California university. California State University claim that they have now alerted all of the current, former and prospective students, faculty and staff who were affected have been notified of the theft. The breakin, which apparently happened some three weeks ago, permitted the crackers to gain access to the victims' names and Social Security numbers.

[Chico spokesman Joe Wills]downplayed the theft and is quoted as saying thereís no indication that the information was used for anything other than, "somebody wanting to have illegal access to this server."