Rowan University Prof. Posts 370 Students' Personal Info OnlineFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2008
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
GLASSBORO, New Jersey. A Rowan University professor has posted several files containing personal information for 370 Rowan University students, including 172 Social Security Numbers, 95 Dates of Birth, and 310 addresses. The files also include GPAs, phone numbers, Majors, e-mail addresses, grades, phone numbers, and physical fitness information (such as Bench Press abilities, for example).
The files have been online for several months to several years, as early as November 17, 2004. By placing this information online, Rowan University has put these students at severe risk of identity theft, fraud, and other forms of risk.
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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