[ISN] Valuable computer swiped from Cornell

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 02:46:15 -0500 (CDT)

By Raymond Drumsta 
Staff Writer 
June 24, 2009 

Ithaca police are investigating the theft of a Cornell University 
computer which the university said contained a large amount of personal 
data - including files with names and Social Security numbers of about 
45,000 staff members, former staff members, students and dependents.

The computer was reported stolen in early June, and individuals who 
might be affected were notified by e-mail on Tuesday, Cornell officials 
said in an information Web page posted the same day.

"To date, we have no knowledge that the personal identity information 
contained on the computer has been misused or exploited," the notice 
said. The university hired Kroll Inc., to provide free credit reporting, 
credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services to those who 
might be affected.

Ithaca police officials said they did not have specifics of the incident 
immediately available, and Cornell officials said they would not comment 
further on the crime details because it's under investigation. However, 
the information Web page said a technical employee who supports central 
administrative systems was "using these files to correct transmission 
errors found in the processing of the files."


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