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University Alerts Nearly 20,000 of Data Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

June 24, 2010

A Florida university is notifying 19,407 students and 88 faculty members that their personal data may have been exposed, Infosecurity reports. The possible breach occurred via a database's external search function at Florida International University in May. It was discovered during an internal review of a previous and unrelated hacking incident at the university. The potentially exposed data includes grade point averages and Social Security numbers for both students and faculty, though the university says it does not appear that the data has been used. A university letter to those affected said that the school "took immediate steps to remove the database from any external search capability" and to prevent another breach.
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