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Cyber burglars reroute Michigan prof’s paycheck to Utah

User accounts compromised

Western Michigan University has announced it will reimburse an employee whose credit union account was breached last year.

Ray Cool, an assistant professor, said a hacker had stolen his Dec. 17 paycheck by getting into his GoWMU account and changing his routing number to a bank in Utah.

At first, WMU told Cool he would not be paid for the amount that was taken. He subsequently filed a grievance with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Cool said he got news of the repayment on Feb. 3 and was relieved.

WMU's Department of Public Safety is investigating the apparent rerouting of a second employee’s wages, Interim Chief Blaine Kalafut said.

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February 3, 2014

reported by

MLive Media Group

number affected


location of breach

Michigan, United States



location of perpetrators

New Mexico, United States

date breach occurred

December 17, 2013

date breach detected

December 18, 2013