CT: U. Conn addresses security breach

Amy McDavitt reports:

A recent security breach on the Storrs campus revealed a list of former students’ names and Social Security numbers and made them available on the Internet.

The university was made aware of the situation Oct. 4 after one of the individuals on the list discovered it and alerted university officials, according to university spokesperson Michael Kirk.

“Once the university became aware of this, the information was removed from the Internet,” Kirk said.

The list was “inadvertently” made public on the Web by a faculty member who had saved a class list of one-time students that was able to be viewed online, according to Kirk.

The 23 students whose names and Social Security numbers were on the list were enrolled in the class in 2000. The university sent letters to each individual offering two years of credit protection through Debix, an identity protection company, at the university’s expense.

Read more on The Daily Campus.

In August, U. Conn officials notified 10,174 applicants to their West Hartford campus of the theft of a laptop containing their contact information and Social Security numbers.

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