USC Student Data Breach

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About 6,000 current and former University of South Carolina (USC) students are being warned that they are at risk of identity theft. Their confidential information was accessed by a hacker last year.

A security audit this summer determined a university computer server was accessed from outside the system in September 2005.

School spokesman Russ McKinney says the intruder could have acquired a database used by the university post office that had the names, Social Security numbers and birthdays of the students.

Source: FOX Carolina

Written by MCruz on August 27th, 2006 with no comments.
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Nelnet Loses Student Loan Data

Nelnet, Inc. (based in Nebraska) has lost a backup data tape which contained personal information of about 188,000 students and former students mostly from Colorado schools.

The tape was part of a UPS shipment that disappeared recently on its way from Colorado to Austin, Texas. It included detailed student loan information such as Social Security numbers and other account-related details.

The tape included data on loans serviced by Nelnet that were previously handled by the College Access Network between Nov. 1, 2002, and May 31 of this year, affecting every college in Colorado except Colorado State University in Fort Collins and University of Colorado at Boulder.

Affected Nelnet customers can call them at 1-800-552-7925 or visit their website.

Source: The Gazette

Written by MCruz on August 3rd, 2006 with 2 comments.
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Cal Poly Students’ Data Exposed

Notification letters have been sent to 3,020 current and former Cal Poly students in mid-July. They were being informed that their names and Social Security numbers were stored on a physics professor’s laptop which was stolen from his San Luis Obispo home early last month.

The informational letter, which Cal Poly is required under state law to distribute to those affected, went to students who took the physics and astronomy lectures taught by physics professor John Mottman from 1994 to 2004.


What to do?

University officials urge affected students to place fraud alerts with one of the credit reporting agencies. Anyone with questions are encouraged to contact the school at 805-756-2226 or 805-756-2171. A copy of the notification letter can be found here.
Cal Poly Notification Letter

Source: The Tribune Sanluisobispo.com

Written by MCruz on August 1st, 2006 with no comments.
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University of Iowa MBA Students Exposed

The University of Iowa (UI) is telling their MBA students to be wary of identity theft. A faculty member’s laptop was stolen from a Davenport business office.

Officials have sent letters to 280 students in the program after the laptop was stolen on June 30th from a faculty member’s business office in Davenport.

It contained names, Social Security numbers and some contact information for 280 current an former students since 2002.

Personal data security breaches have plagued many schools and universities in the past few months. UI joins the list of data exposures of students and alumni.

Source: Channel 5, WOI-TV

Update:Affected students can call Gary Gaeth, who is the associate dean of the university’s Tippie School of Management at (319) 335-1040.

Written by MCruz on July 13th, 2006 with no comments.
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Hackers Access WIU Alumni Records

Western Illinois University Alumni records were accessed by hackers last month. Over 180,000 records were exposed. School officials emphasized Social Security numbers and some credit card information have not been used maliciously.

A computer hacker accessed computer systems containing confidential personal data of Western Illinois University alumni a full month ago, but some of the more than 180,000 people affected only learned of the problem this week.

Anyone affected by this breach can find more information on the school’s website or by calling (877) 556-4100.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Written by MCruz on July 5th, 2006 with 2 comments.
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Security breach at Ohio University exposes alumni data

The data theft exposes over 300,000 people and organizations. People who may be affected are urged to be on alert for any possible attempt to misuse their personal identity. The school has setup a site for those who need more information.

The breached computer system contained biographical information on more than 300,000 individuals and organizations, including the Social Security numbers of more than 137,000 people, according to university officials. The files did not contain credit-card or bank information.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal, OH

Written by MCruz on May 2nd, 2006 with 1 comment.
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