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Penn. State Alumni Data Exposed

DATA LOSS—U.S.

June 3, 2010

During routine security procedures, Penn. State information-technology staff discovered that two campus computers were infected with malicious software, potentially exposing as many as 25,572 alumni Social Security numbers (SSNs), reports StateCollege.com. There is no evidence that the SSNs were inappropriately accessed, and some of the data may have been deleted from the computers prior to the attack, says a Penn. State spokesman. The university is notifying all affected alumni and encouraging them to monitor their personal data. According to the report, the university stopped using SSNs as student identifiers in 2005 and the IT department has been removing them from its computer systems.
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