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Ex-Austin student indicted for data theft

The university estimates the data theft cost the school $167,000 to recover the system affected by the breach.

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former University of Texas at Austin student for breaking into the school's computers and stealing 37,000 names and social security numbers. The university estimated the data theft cost the school $167,000 to recover the system affected by the breach and warned people about potential identity theft.

The indictment charges Christopher Andrew Phillips, 21, with accessing protected computers and attempting to defraud people using the computers. According to the charges, Phillips had been detected in three previous attempts to breach computers and had been warned by the university to halt the intrusions.