Server crash caused breach at Southwest Mississippi Community College

Records containing personal information of Southwest Mississippi Community College students and former students were leaked over the internet after a crashed server was brought back online.

How many victims? More than 7,000.

What type of personal information? Names, Social Security numbers, addresses, genders, races and grade point averages.

What was the response? Officials said the junior college hired a firm to help determine the extent of the breach and notify affected students by mail. The college is making a resource center available to students.

Details: Officials say the problem was corrected within a few hours.

Source:, Biloxi Sun Herald, USA, “Students' records leaked on Internet,” Oct. 15, 2008.

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