Loyola University Student Data Exposed

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A Loyola University computer with the Social Security numbers of 5,800 students was discarded before its hard drive was erased, forcing the school this week to warn the students about potential identify theft.

“Although we have no evidence that any of this personal information has or will be accessed, we want you to take every possible step to safeguard your privacy,” Loyola vice president and chief information officer Susan M. Malisch said in the letter.

The university will offer a year’s worth of free credit monitoring for those affected by this breach.
[Chicago Sun Times]

Written by MCruz on August 10th, 2007 with no comments.
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Yale Student and Faculty Information Stolen

Two computers stolen from Yale University last month contained the Social Security numbers of about 10,000 current and former students and about 200 faculty and staff members, university officials said Wednesday.

“As it explained in the notification letters, the university does not believe that this incident presents a significant danger of identity theft because the crime was almost certainly aimed at obtaining hardware for sale _ not at exploiting the data that were on the computers,” Yale said in a statement. “Moreover, both of the computers were password-protected, and one was protected by multiple password levels, which would require considerable computer savvy to bypass.”

[Newsday]

Written by MCruz on August 9th, 2007 with no comments.
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Northwestern Student and Applicant Data Exposed Online

Northwestern University is attempting to contact about 4,000 students and applicants after it was discovered that files containing their personal information had become available online, the school said Friday.

The personal information was stored on a computer at the Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences, the school said in a statement. The names and other data were for people who attended or applied to the program from 1991 to 2007.

[Pentagraph.com]

Written by MCruz on June 3rd, 2007 with 1 comment.
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Northwestern Alumni Data Stolen

A laptop computer belonging to Northwestern University’s financial aid office in Chicago recently was stolen, and the Social Security numbers of some alumni may have been compromised, school officials said.

In a letter dated May 11, Associate Provost Michael E. Mills contacted an undisclosed number of potential victims, informing them one of the computer’s files contained their names and Social Security numbers.

[Chicago Tribune]

Written by MCruz on May 20th, 2007 with no comments.
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University of Missouri Systems Hacked

Hackers gained access to 22,396 names and Social Security numbers, the University of Missouri announced Tuesday.

The names and Social Security numbers belong to people who were employed anywhere in the entire University of Missouri system in 2004, and only affects those employees who were also current or former students at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The hackers were traced to IP addresses in China and Australia. Anyone who may be affected by this incident may call the school at 866-241-5619 or 573-884-7222. There is also a university website where more information is posted. It appears that it is up to the individual to closely monitor their own credit and setup fraud alerts.
[KSDK]

Written by MCruz on May 8th, 2007 with no comments.
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Hacker Breaks into UCSF Network

The University of California at San Francisco began notifying students, teachers, and staff that their names, Social Security numbers, and bank account numbers may have been accessed during a security breach.

Personal information for 46,000 students, faculty, and staff at the University of California at San Francisco is at risk after a hacker broke into the network, campus officials said this week.

[InformationWeek]

Written by MCruz on April 5th, 2007 with no comments.
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