University Warns Former Students of Breach
DATA LOSS—U.S.August 17, 2011
Social Security numbers of more than 7,000 former Purdue University students may have been compromised last year when one of the school's servers was breached by an unauthorized user. Breached in April 2010, the affected server contained student course records from the years 2000 to 2005, but, according to jconline.com, there is no evidence the files were accessed. Instead, officials believe the server was accessed to launch attacks against other servers. A university representative said, "Through our investigation, we found no evidence that the unauthorized user attempted to find or read any files with personal information in our system but felt informing people who may have been affected was a necessary precaution."