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University of Texas- Austin Profs Expose 2,490 Students' Personal Info Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July, 14 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
AUSTIN, Texas. In its third (and largest) breach in just a few months, the University of Texas-Austin has exposed another 2,490 students' personal information online. More than 60 files containing student and faculty personal information were on University servers since as early as 2002, undetected by the University for more than five years. The files were discovered in January, 2008 and University officials restricted access to the files right away, but copies remained in the Yahoo search engine caches until at least late May, 2008. The files were posted by at least four separate professors, indicating systemic deficiencies in the way the university trains staff and scans servers for sensitive information. more...
OK State University Student Assn Posts Student Info Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 27 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State, Stillwater Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA) posted social security numbers and Campus addresses for three former VASA students on a university server. The file went undetected by the university for more than six years. The Oklahoma State VASA website has apparently been more or less abandoned for several years. However, one excel file contains the SSNs of three people who were reimbursed for expenditures made for a VASA Sports Tournament held in early March, 2002. more...
City of Newton, IA Posts Job Applications Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 23 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
NEWTON, Iowa. The City of Newton, Iowa posted three job applicants' personal information on their website for more than a year. The file contained names, social security numbers, address, phone number, employment and education information for three people who applied for city jobs between February 5, 2007 and March 19, 2007. The City deleted the information immediately upon notification, but the file remained available for several weeks in search engine caches. By placing this information online, the City of Newton has placed these individuals at extreme risk of identity theft. more...
University of Central Florida Prof Posts Grades, Partial SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 22 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
ORLANDO, Florida. In an incident that repeats itself weekly at a new U.S. university, Dr. Tran of the University of Central Florida's Computer Science Data Systems Group posted sensitive student information online. The files were posted in December, 2002, and include names and grades of 141 of his students who took courses in Fall 2000 and Spring 2001. Unfortunately, in addition to posting academic information, the files also contain 60 partial social security numbers. The Liberty Coalition notified UCF on January 30th, 2008, and again on March 28, 2008 after two months of inaction. The files were deleted soon thereafter, but remained in search engine caches until mid-April, 2008. more...
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Prof Posts Students' SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 21 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
LINCOLN, Nebraska. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln Math professor posted personal information for roughly 300 students, including what appear to be 46 Social Security Numbers and 141 Partial Social Security Numbers, on the Math Department's web server. The information appears to belong to current and former students of Steve Dunbar. Most of the sensitive information is stored in Excel files that also contain student grades, scores, enrolled status, and other educational information. more...
Colorado State Exposes Student Info Online... Again.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 14 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
FORT COLLINS, Colorado. In a student personal information breach almost identical to their January 2008 exposure, the Colorado State University Warner College of Natural Resources posted the names and social security numbers of 204 students online. The files were posted on the same online server, in the same sub-directory, in files of the same type, and affected students of the same faculty member as the breach several months ago. The university removed the files within one hour of notification, and worked with search engines to remove the data from their caches, and will be notifying affected individuals within the next few days. more...
Chiropractor Exposes 56 Patients' Data on Hot Spot
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April, 09 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
OXON HILL, Maryland. The Oxon Hill location of Prime Care has exposed private information about 56 patients to the public through an unsecured public wireless network, or "Hot Spot." Most of the individuals affected are patients of Dr. Steven Boesche, who occasionally works from the Oxon Hill location. The Hot Spot exposed 29 files with sensitive patient information, including patient account numbers, blood pressure, date of accident, diagnoses, examination results, patient history, pulse, prognosis, and treatments. more...
UConn Prof Posts 14 Student SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March, 31 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
STORRS, Connecticut. On or before July 24, 2003 former UConn Economics Professor, Dr. Stiver, loaded an Excel file to his University of Connecticut home page which contained the names, last 8 social security number digits, scores, and grades of 14 students. All of the affected individuals appeared to be Dr. Stiver's former Economics 242 students. more...
Florida State University Prof Posts 33 Students' SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March, 28 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
TALLAHASSEE, Florida. The personal information of 66 Florida State University students sat on a public FSU Chemistry Department server for more than five years. Several files included names, 33 social security numbers, grades, homework and exam scores. All of the individuals affected by this breach appear to be former students of Dr. Steinbock, an FSU professor. more...
Texas A&M Prof Posts Partial SSNs, Grades of Former Students Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March, 27 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
COLLEGE STATION, Texas. On November 21, 2000, someone posted the names, scores, Grades, and last five digits of 44 students' social security numbers on a Texas A server. All affected students attended Dr. Clyde Munster's Fall 1998 Hydrologic Principles in Agriculture class (AGEN 350). The Liberty Coalition discovered the files in late November, 2007. Though the university quickly removed the files from public access after notification, copies remained online through late March, 2008 in search engine caches. more...
Stevens Institute of Technology Posts 9 Student SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March, 26 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
HOBOKEN, New Jersey. Stevens Institute of Technology professor L.E. Levine posted a file with names, Social Security Numbers and Homework scores for 7 students who apparently took his course "MA681" in the Fall of 1999. According to the server personal.stevens.edu, the files were posted on or before April, 2001. Though Dr. Levine deleted them immediately after he was notified of the exposure, the information continued to be available through March, 2008 through search engine caches. more...
University of Iowa has Another Breach
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March, 25 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
IOWA CITY, Iowa. In the second exposure of sensitive information in as many months, the University of Iowa posted sensitive student information online. Two files were discovered in January, 2008 which appear to contain the names, grades, and last four digits of nine students' social security number were posted on the Computer Sciences Department website. All of the students appear to have attended the Summer 2001 22c-112 course, taught by Aditya Kumar Sehgal, Ph.D. more...
Shabazz Academy Posts K-5 Student Addresses Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March, 24 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
LANSING, Michigan. In late December, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered an excel file with the names, addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contact information for 125 students, parents, and others for Shabazz Public School Academy on their website. 69 of those affected are Pre-K through fifth grade students. Though no social security numbers or credit card numbers were exposed, some parents may be legitimately alarmed at the release of contact information for their young children. more...
Wright State University Prof Posts 395 Grades, 38 Partial SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March, 21 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
DAYTON, Ohio. The Wright State University Computer Sciences Department has posted the names and last five digits of 38 students' social security numbers on their website. All of the students affected seem to be former students of Dr. Junghsen Lieh, Ph.D. who took Materials Engineering courses between 1997 and 2005. In addition to the partial social security numbers, the individual scores and grades for roughly 395 students are also posted online for more than a year. more...
Suffolk Co., NY Posts 250 Partial SSNs Online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February, 19 2008 UPDATED: January, 01 1900
HAUPPAUGE, New York. On or before May 22, 2007 (and as early as March 22, 2007), the Suffolk County Government Civil Service posted the names and last four digits of 250 individuals' social security numbers on their website. The file appeared to be a copy of an old database related to the "CF Police Lottery." The Liberty Coalition discovered the file and notified the county government on December 14, 2007. The file was not deleted from the county server until January 30, 2008, after a second notification by the Liberty Coalition. more...
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