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Stolen laptop opens up 20,000 students in South Carolina to data theft

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College informing students and staff, up to 20,000, at risk of identity theft due to stolen laptop
| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 10:27 pm

Around 20,000 current and former students at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in South Carolina are at risk of data theft following a stolen laptop taken from a staff office. Data taken includes names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of both students and faculty going back at almost seven years.

 

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The technical college will now use encryption software on all laptops and PCs, while those affected by the data breach are being contacted. The laptop was stolen on July 7 and an investigation is currently underway to try to identify those responsible.

 

"College officials were disappointed to learn that someone entered a staff member's office on campus and removed a computer," said Kim Huff, OC Tech VP of Business Affairs, in a statement. "We are evaluating our security controls to prevent further incidents."

 

Bulk personal information theft from universities has become popular, with data typically found on underground hacker forums.

NEWS SOURCES:Octech.edu, Thetandd.com, I.huffpost.com

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