Naval Postgraduate School: Up to 1,058 AffectedFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2007
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
MONTEREY, California. In August, 2007 two Excel files containing what appeared to be personal information of up to 1,058 students was found on a website belonging to the Naval Postgraduate School. The file appeared to contain students' full names, ranks, the last four digits of the student's SSN, graduation dates, curriculum information, e-mail, phone number, and other information. The Dean of Students was notified, and the file was removed within hours.
About two weeks after the first file was discovered, another file containing similar sensitive information was discovered in the same directory. The school was again notified.
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