University of Texas, Austin Biology Department Exposes 13 SSNsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2008
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
AUSTIN, Texas. On November 3rd, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered a file online, containing the names, social security numbers, test scores, assignment scores, and grades for 13 individuals who took Biology 331 from K. Sathasivan, Ph.D. of the College of Natural Sciences. The University took the file offline within hours of notification.
Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.nationalidwatch.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed. NationalIDWatch.org has a list of recommended steps victims should take.
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