Personal data on 170 New Mexico State U. students on stolen laptop

Mike Bush reports:

New Mexico State University has determined that the on-campus theft of computing equipment in June included a laptop with a link to personal information on some 170 students.

The suspected thief, the university said in a letter dated Aug. 11 to the affected students, has been arrested and charged, but, “had disposed of the stolen laptop containing the personal information prior to being arrested.”

The stolen laptop “inadvertently” contained “a link to an excel file containing your name, date of birth, Social Security number and other student information related to you, along with similar personal information of approximately 170 other students,” the letter stated.

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