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In Two Incidents, State and University Data Breached

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 26, 2012

Wisconsin Department of Revenue officials have said the Social Security and tax identification numbers of approximately 110,000 individuals and businesses were mistakenly included on a publicly available website for a three-month period, according to fdlreporter.com. The information was included in an annual sales report primarily used by real estate professionals. Officials said identity theft risk from the incident is “relatively small.” Meanwhile, law enforcement authorities are investigating a breach by an Oregon State University vendor who copied personal information of nearly 21,000 students and employees from the years 1996 to 2009. School officials have said they do not believe the vendor acted maliciously.
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