Laptop theft leaks data of 98,000 people

By Derek Sooman on March 30, 2005, 3:34 PM
Is this the first of April yet? No, so it seems all too true then that a laptop that contained personal info on 98,000 people, some of which dates back several decades, was stolen recently. Yes, at a time where we are all supposed to be afraid of identify theft, someone out there somewhere is making it easy for them.

An individual stole the computer from the offices of the school's Graduate Division on March 11, the university said in a statement released late Monday. Roughly one-third of the files on the laptop contained names, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers of 98,369 graduate students or graduate-school applicants, it said. The files go back three decades in some cases.




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