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Breaches of Healthcare, Student Data Reported

DATA LOSS—U.S.

November 14, 2011

Breaches of healthcare and student data have been reported in three states. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia Commonwealth University is warning hundreds of thousands of individuals that their personal information may have been exposed when an unauthorized person gained access to a server. University officials believe the likelihood of data compromise "is very low." Meanwhile, in responding to a breach incident at the University of Texas-Pan American, officials said none of the student information that was exposed online for two months "is of the type that is likely to be useful for identity theft or other fraudulent purposes." And, Easley Patch reports that clinical assessments and other confidential mental health patient information were discovered on the hard drive of a computer purchased by a man in Pickens County, South Carolina.
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