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Info Theft From ISU Could Affect 2,500 Sycamore Students

Last updated on Wednesday, July 16, 2008

(TERRE HAUTE) - If you or your son or daughter is a student, or former student, at Indiana State University, you may want to keep an eye on your credit reports and other private information.

Indiana State University officials report a laptop was stolen over the weekend that contained personal information on more than 2,500 Sycamore students.

The affected students include those who took economics classes between 1997 and spring of this year.

The stolen information includes names, grades, e-mail addresses and student ID numbers which, before the 2003 school year, were the student's Social Security Numbers. That means students who took those classes before 2003 are at the greatest risk.

ISU officials say the computer was password protected and that personal student information is prohibited from being stored on portable computers, but this information was stolen on a laptop during a professor's trip in Southern Indiana.

These occurrences are becoming more frequent lately as laptops with large caches of personal information, including Social Security Numbers, have been stolen from the Pentagon, Veterans Administration, Chicago Public Schools and other organizations over the years.

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