By Raymond Drumsta
June 24, 2009
Ithaca police are investigating the theft of a Cornell University
computer which the university said contained a large amount of personal
data - including files with names and Social Security numbers of about
45,000 staff members, former staff members, students and dependents.
The computer was reported stolen in early June, and individuals who
might be affected were notified by e-mail on Tuesday, Cornell officials
said in an information Web page posted the same day.
"To date, we have no knowledge that the personal identity information
contained on the computer has been misused or exploited," the notice
said. The university hired Kroll Inc., to provide free credit reporting,
credit monitoring and identity theft restoration services to those who
might be affected.
Ithaca police officials said they did not have specifics of the incident
immediately available, and Cornell officials said they would not comment
further on the crime details because it's under investigation. However,
the information Web page said a technical employee who supports central
administrative systems was "using these files to correct transmission
errors found in the processing of the files."
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