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Chinese hackers attack major U.S. university

I'm always warning you about hackers, but "hackers" is a really broad term. It covers everything from amateurs to pros, virus writers to social engineers, lone wolves to government-backed groups and more.

Any type of hacker is a worry, but it's the government-backed hackers that I'm talking about today. I told you in a previous news story that these groups are on the rise as nations prepared for a 21st century cyberwar. They're at it again, and this time it's hackers from China.

The College of Engineering at Penn State University has announced that hackers with ties to the Chinese government breached its computer systems. In fact, it's taken the college's network completely offline while it recovers the systems.

Included in the affected computers were the school's administrative systems, which means that personal information on more than 18,000 professors, students and employees was exposed. However, that's probably not why the hackers targeted the systems.

Next page: Why Penn State, and how long that hack really lasted
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