Stevens Institute of Technology Posts 9 Student SSNs OnlineFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2008
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
HOBOKEN, New Jersey. Stevens Institute of Technology professor L.E. Levine posted a file with names, Social Security Numbers and Homework scores for 7 students who apparently took his course "MA681" in the Fall of 1999. According to the server personal.stevens.edu, the files were posted on or before April, 2001. Though Dr. Levine deleted them immediately after he was notified of the exposure, the information continued to be available through March, 2008 through search engine caches.
By placing this information online, Stevens Institute of Technology has put these students at increased risk of identity theft and other forms of fraud.
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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