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University Breach Exposes 107,000

DATA LOSS—U.S.

October 18, 2010

Computerworld reports that intruders accessed a University of Northern Florida server last month, exposing the data of 107,000 current and prospective students, adding to the list of four dozen similar breaches at universities this year. The breach was discovered during a routine system review. Investigators say that the intruders may have been based outside the U.S., and they are unsure whether they actually stole any information. Of those affected, about 53,000 had their names and Social Security numbers exposed, while the rest had their names and dates of birth exposed. The university has notified all those affected, decommissioned the compromised server and increased security to better protect data.
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