University of Wisconsin Prof. Posts 196 Names and Grades Online

MADISON, Wisconsin. In late November, 2007 that Liberty Coalition discovered the names, scores, and Grades of 196 students of Professor Yu Hen Hu’s ECE 734 classes between 1994 and 2006. The information was posted in Excel files on a University of Wisconsin – Madison server. According to the server, the files had been online for several years. Students affected by this breach are NOT at special risk of identity theft.

This breach fits within a common national pattern where university faculty or staff use university servers to store backed-up files, and later forgetting them or assuming that they are not available to the public. Unfortunately in this instance, some of Professor Hu’s backed-up files contained sensitive information which was made available online and was picked up by search engines.

You can confirm whether you were affected by this breach by searching for your name at

About is a free online directory of victims of personal information breach, that tells you whether your personal information has been exposed. does NOT contain sensitive data, such as Social Security Numbers (SSN), Birth Dates, Addresses, and the like. Consequently, there is no way to search for your SSN or any other type of sensitive data on Instead of storing sensitive information, we document what information was exposed, and the situation surrounding the breach. This information allows victims to further investigate, take action, or correct any harm from the exposure.


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