Computers tampered with in U's Office of President

  • Updated: August 23, 2011 - 9:11 PM

Three computers in the University of Minnesota's Office of the President were tampered with over the weekend, university police say.

Someone deleted virtual profiles off the computers, then renamed them with profanity, according to a police report filed Monday morning after office workers returned.

No files were deleted or damaged. The computer of new U President Eric Kaler was not disturbed. The computers were on the same floor as Kaler's office and belonged to his office staff, but his suite, which has separate doors, was not entered.

"It doesn't appear at this point that it was targeted for that reason," said Deputy Chief Chuck Miner. "It could just be somebody who was attempting to get their own access to the Internet via these computers or there could be more harm intended."

There was no forced entry, Miner said, so "most likely whoever accessed the computers had access to the building."

Miner says police have "several leads" and expect to solve the case.

Although the case was labeled a burglary, the lack of forced entry may reduce it to theft. In addition to tampering with the computers, the suspect also stole candy from a candy jar.

JENNA ROSS

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