A University of Nevada, Reno professor lost a flash drive containing the personal information of 16,000 current and former students.

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

Who are the victims? Incoming freshmen who enrolled in the fall semesters from 2001 to 2007.

Details: The professor lost the device on Oct. 19 somewhere off campus in downtown Reno. The faculty member has not been identified. Officials do not believe the information has been accessed.

What was the response? The college plans to provide students with a free identity protection service for one year.

Source: RGJ.com, Reno Gazette-Journal, "UNR professor loses flash drive with students' personal information", Oct. 30.