Exposure Statistics*

University of Delaware
Department of Chemistry
& Biochemistry
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-1247

http://www.udel.edu/chem
Discovered: November 15, 2007
Records Exposed: 1,289
Unique Names: 437
Sensitivity: Moderate
Duration: More Than One Year
Distribution: Exposed Online
Files Exposed: 17

Sensitive Information

SSNs: 261
Dates of Birth: 276
Addresses: 337

Other Types of Exposed Information

Additional Comments
AdmProgram
AdmSta
Campus Phone Number
CHEM 111
CHEM111
Class
College
Comments
Degree
Department
E-mail Address
Email Address
Ethnicity
Gender
GPA
GPA-1
GPA-2
Graduating Year
Graduation Date
Graduation Year
Group
Guide (Yes/No)
High School GPA
Hometown Phone
Honors
M-SAT Score
Major
Mentee #1
Mentee #1 Name
Mentee #2
Mentee #2 Name
Mentee #3 Name
Mentee #4 Name
Mentee #5 Name
Mentee Names
Mentee's Full Name
Mentee's Name, Contact Information, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Test Scores and other Inf
Mentor (Yes/No)
Mentor Name
Mentor's Class
Mentor's Contact Information
Mentor's E-mail address
Mentor's Home Town and Home State
Mentor's Last Name
Mentor's Major
Mentor's Name
Mentor's School Address
Mentor's Telephone
MentorFirst
MentorLast
Notes
Other Academic Codes
Other Codes
Panel (Yes/No)
Permanent State
PGI
PGPA
Phone
Phone #
Phone Number
Phone Numbers
ReqRule
Scores
Sex
SpcPrg
StaDate
Status
Summer Phone
Telephone
V-SAT Score
Visa Status
Year

Hundreds of U of Delaware Chemistry Students at Risk of ID Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2007

Media Contact: Aaron Titus
(202) 681-1686

NEWARK, Delaware. On November 15, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered 20 separate files containing sensitive personal information for roughly 582 University of Delaware Chemistry students who participated in the Chemistry mentoring program between 2000 and 2004. This information included full names, dates of birth, roughly 482 social security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, home addresses, and a range of other personal information of current or former University of Delaware students. Students affected by this breach may be at extreme risk of identity theft. The files were available to the public on a University of Delaware website.

According to the server, the files had been posted online for as long as seven years. Officials have indicated that the University of Delaware switched away from using Social Security Numbers as identifiers several years ago, and that they did a text-search for social security numbers on their servers at that time. Unfortunately, their internal search engine failed to scan non-plain text files such as MS Excel files.

All of the files are posted in an online folder belonging to Professor Harold White of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who was shocked to find that they were there. As is often the case, the files were posted on an online file server that requires a password to upload files, but which is available to the public without a password.

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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