Student's Information Hacked Through an Instant Messenger

Student's Information Hacked Through an Instant Messenger

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Randall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio BYU police are looking into how a student's computer was hacked into and then money withdrawn from the student's financial accounts.

Two students were in the BYU library. They were instant messaging each other over their computers when the messages turned weird.

One messaged asked for $800 to be sent to a Nigerian girl. So, the students found each other and realized they weren't sending the notes. "That's when they determined that someone had hacked in and was actually doing the messaging," BYU Police Capt. Michael Harroun explained.

Harroun says the students then checked their financial accounts, and one student had small deductions taken from her PayPal account and her banking account.

Police don't know how the hacker got the students' personal information, and they say this hacker could be from anywhere in the world.

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