OK State University Student Assn Posts Student Info OnlineFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2008
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State, Stillwater Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA) posted social security numbers and Campus addresses for three former VASA students on a university server. The file went undetected by the university for more than six years. The Oklahoma State VASA website has apparently been more or less abandoned for several years. However, one excel file contains the SSNs of three people who were reimbursed for expenditures made for a VASA Sports Tournament held in early March, 2002.
The Liberty Coalition alerted the university. Copies were available in search engine caches until mid-April, 2008.
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