A hacker gained access to a Southern Connecticut State University web server that contained 11,000 names, Social Security numbers and other personal information of current and former students.

What was the response? The New Haven university will offer free credit monitoring for two years for victims. Meanwhile, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is asking all colleges in Connecticut to do more to protect sensitive data. Gov. M. Jodi Rell said data should only be stored for as long as it is needed and it should be properly secured.

Details: The exposed information was contained in an electronic file that students use to register for graduation. It is unknown whether any of the data will be used fraudulently. The college said it believed the web server's security was intact, but is planning to implement new protective measures.

Source: ConnPost.com, Connecticut Post, "Blumenthal warns colleges about hacking," April 23.