February 26, 2008
Has SSRN Been Hacked?
Posted by David Zaring

My colleague Andrea Matwyshyn noticed that a couple of her papers up on SSRN had been retagged as published during the EFMA 2003 Helsinki Meetings.  So has one of mine.  So has one of Gordon's.  So, as of this writing, has one of Bernard Black's.  Neither Andrea nor I were at the EFMA 2003 Helsinki meetings, so we can't say whether we would have seen Bernie or Gordon there, but we are beginning to think something fishy is going on.

Emails sent to SSRN.  No explanation yet about our surprising yen for the Helsinki of 2003.

UPDATE:  Here's a response from Gregg Gordon of SSRN:

SSRN has not been hacked. We are posting corrections to our new Simple Submission Beta system and have an error in our Oracle PIP table. I am very sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we correct the problem. If you have any questions please email me directly. There is no problem with any data, we just posted one fix, and I promise that we will not sleep until the error is corrected. Gregg Gordon

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