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Universities Struggle with Data Breaches

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 22, 2010

Campus Technology reports on a series of data breaches at universities across the U.S. Last month, both Florida International University (FIU) and the University of Maine (UMaine) reported breaches affecting thousands of students. The FIU breach required the school to notify more than 19,000 students that a database containing their Social Security numbers and test scores, among other information, had been found unsecured. UMaine notified nearly 5,000 students that two servers storing data from the university's counseling center had been hacked. And at California State University San Bernardino earlier this month, a class roster containing names and Social Security numbers of 36 students was accidently made public after being posted to a Web server.
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