Breach, Data Security

About 20K impacted in South Carolina college laptop theft

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in South Carolina is notifying roughly 20,000 current and former students and faculty that their personal information – including Social Security numbers – was on a laptop that was stolen from a staffer's office.

How many victims? About 20,000. 

What type of personal information? Names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

What happened? A laptop containing information on current and former students and faculty was stolen from a staffer's office.

What was the response? Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is installing encryption software on all computers. All impacted individuals are being notified.

Details: The laptop was stolen on July 7.

Quote: “The data was not stored in an easily recognizable format, and the college has no indication that any of this data was accessed or used in any way,” Walter Tobin, president of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, wrote in a notification posted to the website.

Source:, “OCtech Data Security Alert Notification Letter,” July 10, 2014;, The Times and Democrat, “OCTech laptop with student data stolen,” July 11, 2014.

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