U. of Minnesota reports computer theft

More than 13,000 past and present University of Minnesota students may have had personal information compromised, officials say.

Two computers stolen from the desk of a university program coordinator in August contained information about 13,084 students who enrolled in the school as freshmen between 1991 and 2006, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Files included such information as names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, the high school they attended, student identification numbers, grades, test scores and academic probation.

And, in 603 cases, Social Security numbers.

University police have no suspects in the robbery.

University officials say they believe the thieves targeted the computers, which were new and valuable, and not the data, the report said.

October is cyber security month at the university. All staff will go through a mandatory data-security training, a spokesman said.



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