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College Alerts 7,000 of Data Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

September 15, 2010

School officials at City College of New York are alerting more than 7,000 students that their personal information may have been compromised after a school laptop was stolen last month, eSecurity Planet reports. The laptop was password-protected but not encrypted, and it included Social Security numbers. There has been no evidence to suggest the information has been used improperly, according to school officials, who added that the school is reviewing its security procedures and has established a hotline for students to ask questions about protecting their information. The breach follows similar breaches at universities across the U.S., including one this summer at Iowa's Buena Vista University, which affected 93,000 students and one at the University of Connecticut, which affected 10,000.
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