University of Alabama, Birmingham Posts 960 Studentss SSNsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2007
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama. In December, 2005, the business school at UAB posted the names, social security numbers, GPAs, and graduation dates of 960 former students online, in an unsecured Excel file. It was discovered using a Google search. A university spokesperson explained that the file was posted in error, and was taken down within hours of notification.
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