School officials at Chaminade University in Honolulu recently disclosed that a report containing the confidential information of thousands of students was inadvertently posed to the school's website, where it remained for eight months.

How many victims? 4,500.

What type of personal information? Personal information including Social Security numbers.

What happened? The report was posted to publicly accessible web pages due to human error, an investigation has determined. The report was discovered Wednesday and taken offline the same day.

Details: Those affected include undergraduate students who attended the university from 1997 to 2006.

What was the response? University officials are implementing procedures to prevent a similar situation from occurring and employees will undergo training regarding the protection of personal information.

Affected individuals will be notified.

Source: Star-Bulletin, http://www.starbulletin.com, “Chaminade posted Social Security numbers of thousands of students online,” Nov. 6, 2009.