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Data on thousands of NYC college students on stolen laptop

The personal information of thousands of New York college students was stored on a computer that was stolen.

How many victims? 7,000.

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

What happened? The computer, which was password protected but contained a database full of sensitive information about City College of New York (CCNY) students, was stolen a few weeks ago and has not yet been found.

What was the response? Letters are being sent to affected individuals. A spokesperson for the school said there is no evidence that anyone's personal information has been compromised. CCNY said it is making efforts to ensure that computers containing sensitive information are better protected in the future.

Source: 7online.com, WABC-TV, “Computer stolen with students' information,” Sept. 7, 2010

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