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MSU worker, student data left open on network

By KTVM Staff
Published On: Dec 22 2012 06:19:36 PM MST
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BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a press release from Montana State University:

Montana State University notified students and faculty
regarding an incident where certain workers' compensation and student loan
documents were left unencrypted and available on MSU's network for a
six-week period.

After conducting a thorough investigation, MSU does not believe anyone
viewed the documents as the information could only be accessed from MSU's
network by a user with specialized knowledge.

While MSU has no reason to believe anyone viewed or accessed the
information, out of an abundance of caution, MSU began sending letters to
affected individuals on December 21, 2012.  MSU is also providing a
dedicated call center for affected individuals and offering eligible
individuals, at no cost to them, a year of credit monitoring.

The information involved included certain loan documents of some students
who attended MSU in 2006 and workers compensation documents regarding
employees.  The information affected includes names, dates of birth and
Social Security numbers.  No financial or bank account information was
involved. This incident affected only a limited number of students and
employees.

"We do not  believe that any of the information was improperly used or even
viewed, however, as a precautionary measure, we are making this notification
and offering eligible individuals one year of credit monitoring and
assistance in identity theft protection," said Dewitt Latimer, MSU's chief
information officer.

MSU has reviewed its security and is taking steps to help prevent future
incidents.