A password-protected laptop computer containing personal information for 2,500 or more current and former Indiana State University students was stolen over the weekend, the university has reported. While there is no evidence to suggest that password security was breached, the university has notified all affected students, or at least those for whom it has current contact information, since the data on the laptop dates back to 1997.
According to the university, the laptop contained data for students who took economics classes from 1997 through the spring semester 2008 and includes names, grades, e-mail addresses and student identification numbers. While the school eliminated use of Social Security numbers as student identifiers in 2003, students prior to that time could be at risk. That’s why the university is recommending that affected students contact a credit bureau to request that a fraud alert be placed on their account.
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