CMU tells 400 students of possible theft of personal data
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Carnegie Mellon University has begun notifying about 400 of its students whose Social Security numbers may have been compromised by a laptop computer theft from a classroom building.
The data, from course roster files, was on at least one of two computers that a professor reported stolen from an office in Wean Hall, the school said yesterday. Officials do not believe identity theft was the motive, but decided to notify students as a precaution as more was learned about the incident, which occurred the first weekend in September, said Mary Ann Blair, Carnegie Mellon's director of information security.
Students are being advised where they can go to get free credit reporting so they can monitor their credit. Campus police are investigating the theft.
First Published October 10, 2007 12:00 am