University of Iowa has Another BreachFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2008
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
IOWA CITY, Iowa. In the second exposure of sensitive information in as many months, the University of Iowa posted sensitive student information online. Two files were discovered in January, 2008 which appear to contain the names, grades, and last four digits of nine students' social security number were posted on the Computer Sciences Department website. All of the students appear to have attended the Summer 2001 22c-112 course, taught by Aditya Kumar Sehgal, Ph.D.
According to the server, the information was posted online since at least November, 2004. Though the university acted quickly to delete the files from their servers, copies remained available through major search engine caches through late March, 2008.
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