Archive for March, 2008

UConn Prof Posts 14 Student SSNs Online

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.

University officials had already discovered the file during an internal audit in early February, 2008, before the Liberty Coalition was able to notify them of the exposure. By the time the Liberty Coalition contacted the University of Connecticut, they had already deleted the file, worked with all major search engines to clear their caches, and notified each affected student. To its credit, the University also offered each student two free years of credit checking, which is not technically required by law.

This exposure falls into a national pattern where professor will use university public servers to store sensitive personal information.

Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.ssnbreach.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed.

About SSNBreach.org

Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, SSNBreach.org provides hundreds of thousands of free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.

Each Identity Exposure Report (IXR) documents what types of personal information were exposed (such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc.), without revealing them. Each IXR also details the situation surrounding each exposure, and contact information of those responsible for the breach. Armed with this information, victims can further investigate, take action, or correct harm.

Source: https://www.ssnbreach.org/release.php?g=81

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Stevens Institute of Technology Posts 9 Student SSNs Online

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.

By placing this information online, Stevens Institute of Technology has put these students at increased risk of identity theft and other forms of fraud.

Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.ssnbreach.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed.

About SSNBreach.org

Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, SSNBreach.org provides hundreds of thousands of free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.
SSNBreach.org documents the types of information exposed, but does NOT contain sensitive data, such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc. Consequently, there is no way to search for your SSN or any other type of sensitive data on SSNBreach.org. Once we document the types of exposed information and the situation surrounding the exposure, we include the information in personalized Identity Exposure Reports. This information allows victims to further investigate, take action, or correct harm.

Source: https://www.ssnbreach.org/release.php?g=71

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University of Iowa has Another Breach

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.

According to the server, the information was posted online since at least November, 2004. Though the university acted quickly to delete the files from their servers, copies remained available through major search engine caches through late March, 2008.

Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.ssnbreach.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed.

About SSNBreach.org

Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, SSNBreach.org provides hundreds of thousands of free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.

SSNBreach.org documents the types of information exposed, but does NOT contain sensitive data, such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc. Consequently, there is no way to search for your SSN or any other type of sensitive data on SSNBreach.org. Once we document the types of exposed information and the situation surrounding the exposure, we include the information in personalized Identity Exposure Reports. This information allows victims to further investigate, take action, or correct harm.

Source: https://www.ssnbreach.org/release.php?g=70

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Shabazz Academy Posts K-5 Student Addresses Online

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.

The file was created on October 9, 2006. The school acted quickly to delete the file from their server and notify parents, but the file remained available through search engine caches until late February, 2008.

Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.ssnbreach.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed.

About SSNBreach.org

Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, SSNBreach.org provides hundreds of thousands of free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.
SSNBreach.org documents the types of information exposed, but does NOT contain sensitive data, such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc. Consequently, there is no way to search for your SSN or any other type of sensitive data on SSNBreach.org. Once we document the types of exposed information and the situation surrounding the exposure, we include the information in personalized Identity Exposure Reports. This information allows victims to further investigate, take action, or correct harm.

Source: https://www.ssnbreach.org/release.php?g=78

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Wright State University Prof Posts 395 Grades, 38 Partial SSNs Online

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.

According to Dr. Lieh, the files were made during a large backup a corrupted and damaged PC in March 2006, though many of the files are considerably older than that. This breach falls within a common national pattern of faculty who use online university servers to back up files, some of which may be sensitive in nature. The Liberty Coalition notified Dr. Lieh, the Wright State University General Counsel. Though the files were deleted from the server within 24 hours, copies remained available through Yahoo’s search engine cache until late March, 2008.

Much of the information exposed in this incident may be protected by FERPA. In addition, the last four or five digits of the social security number are used by some financial institutions and businesses to extend credit, or as passwords.

Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.ssnbreach.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed.

About SSNBreach.org

Sponsored by the Washington, DC non-profit Liberty Coalition, SSNBreach.org provides hundreds of thousands of free personalized Identity Exposure Reports™ as a public service.

SSNBreach.org documents the types of information exposed, but does NOT contain sensitive data, such as Social Security Numbers, Birth Dates, Addresses, etc. Consequently, there is no way to search for your SSN or any other type of sensitive data on SSNBreach.org. Once we document the types of exposed information and the situation surrounding the exposure, we include the information in personalized Identity Exposure Reports. This information allows victims to further investigate, take action, or correct harm.

Source: https://www.ssnbreach.org/release.php?g=77

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