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Stolen Laptops at Carnegie Mellon University

October 10, 2007

Two laptops at Carnegie Mellon University was reported stolen on October 10, 2007. The theft took place the first weekend in September when a professor reported two computers were stolen from a classroom building in Ween Hall.

CMU began the process of notifying about 400 students whose personal information including social security numbers was compromised. The data on the computers included course roster files for students.

 While the officials at CMU don’t think the computers were stolen with identity theft as a motive, the fact remains – sensitive and personal information was on the hard drives. There has been no report if that information was encrypted and password protected.

The students affected were given information about getting a free credit report and advised to monitor their credit. I hope they take that advice and learn all they can about preventing identity theft.

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