UMaine probing data breach affecting more than 900

Dawn Gagnon reports:

A data breach discovered last week has exposed the personal information of more than 900 current and former University of Maine students, the university announced Wednesday.

UMaine spokeswoman Margaret Nagle said the information was on a laptop computer and the media card used by a faculty member who discovered the laptop was missing from a checked bag during a flight from Seattle to Boston on Feb. 10. The name of the faculty member was not released.

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Craig Anderson of the Portland Press Herald adds additional details to media coverage:

More than 600 current and former University of Maine students’ sensitive personal data have been compromised, including their names and Social Security numbers, the university said Wednesday.

The breach occurred when a physics professor’s university-issued laptop computer was stolen from his checked baggage Feb. 10 on a flight from Seattle to Boston, UMaine spokeswoman Margaret Nagle said. The laptop contained sensitive records of 604 students enrolled from 1999 to 2007 including names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, email addresses, grade data and course information, she said.

Another 337 current and former students’ names and course information only were on the laptop, she said. The university after 2007 stopped using students’ Social Security numbers in favor of unique student ID numbers, but the laptop also contained records from before the change was made.

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  1. Dissent - March 22, 2015

    As of March 22, the laptop has not been found.

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