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Security Lapses, Lost Equipment Expose Students to Possible ID Theft

In the latest incident, a Cal State hard drive with data on 23,500 individuals is missing. A missing hard drive containing personal information on 23,500 students, faculty and staff in the California State University system is only the latest example of how campus computers can expose individuals to identity theft. Although the hard drive was lost at Cal State San Marcos, 13,500 of those affected are linked to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State officials said. The other state universities affected are Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Monterey Bay, San Diego and Sonoma. “I got a letter informing me of the risk,” said Teresa Hendrix, a Cal Poly public affairs spokeswoman. “My daughter got one too.” The concern is about the potential for identity fraud, where somebody has access to a name, address, Social Security number and other identifiers used in credit applications. Full Story

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