Education Sector

Personal data for thousands of former adult students go missing

Kipp Hanley reports: Nearly 80,000 former adult education students’ personal information stored on a flash drive was lost in Richmond on Sept. 21 according to a Virginia Department of Education press release issued Wednesday. The information went missing after being given to a representative of Virginia Tech’s Center for Assessment, Evaluation and Educational Programming...

NY: E-mail error sends out students’ Social Security numbers

Rick Brand reports: Suffolk Community College has agreed to pay a company for the next year to monitor the credit of 300 students whose last names and Social Security numbers were mistakenly listed in an attachment to an e-mail sent to those students last month. Mary Lou Araneo, college vice president, said Sunday there...

Oops! Mizzou sells phones without wiping memory

Jim Salter reports: Mike Bellman got more than he bargained for when he purchased a box of old cell phones from the University of Missouri athletics department. Bellman bought the cell phones earlier this year at a university surplus sale with the intent of reselling them for parts. He paid $190 for 25 old...

UNC security breach less severe than feared

As an update to a previously reported breach: A hacker who wormed into a UNC Chapel Hill computer server may not have gotten access to as much information as officials originally feared. UNC School of Medicine officials said last week that a security breach had left data related to as many as 236,000 women...

File Cabinet Purchase Leads To Identity Theft Concerns

Some former and current Panola School District, Oklahoma employees are learning that some of their employment records from 1998 and 1999, including W-2’s, were in file cabinets sold to the public. Now the people who bought the cabinets are declining to turn the records over to the school district without a court order and...

FBI: Virus suspected in school thefts

Brett Rowland and Kate Schott report: As much as $350,000 reported stolen from Crystal Lake District 47 bank accounts earlier this summer could be linked to cyberthefts at other suburban schools. The FBI’s Chicago office is investigating the cases, at least one of which involves a hard-to-detect computer virus. No arrests have been made...

Hacker hits UNC-Chapel Hill study data

From McClatchy Newspapers: A hacker has infiltrated a computer server housing the personal data of 236,000 women enrolled in a UNC-Chapel Hill research study. Among the information exposed: the Social Security numbers of 163,000 study participants. Though the intrusion was detected in late July, computer forensics experts say it may have happened two years...

EKU posted about 5,000 Social Security numbers online for a year

The names and Social Security numbers of about 5,000 Eastern Kentucky University faculty, staff and student workers were posted inadvertently on the Internet last September, where they have been displayed for a year, according to EKU President Doug Whitlock. There’s no evidence the information was accessed or replicated, Whitlock said in a campus-wide e-mail...

Study: 600K campus records hacked this year

Dennis Carter reports: Computer hackers reportedly have stolen identifying information and credit card numbers from more than half a million — some 600,000 — college students, faculty, and alumni this year. This is prompting some campus IT officials to call for a “total overhaul” of computer security protocol. Identity Theft 911, an Arizona-based company...