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USC warns of computer breach for thousands

Mar 4, 2011 6:11:00 PM - thestate.com
USC has experienced computer security breach that has exposed 31,000 people’s private information, including social security numbers, on the internet.

The security breach was discovered in January on a computer server at USC Sumter, but it potentially affected faculty, staff, retirees and students throughout the university system’s eight campuses.

“Letters went out as soon as individuals were identified,” said Margaret Lamb, a USC spokeswoman. “There is no evidence that anyone’s personal information was compromised or used improperly. USC Sumter has addressed the matter, notified the individuals and provided them guidance on how to protect their information.”

USC Sumter mailed letters on March 1 warning about the security breach and explaining how those who might be affected can check their credit records. The school sent letters in two batches of mailings, Lamb said.

“We’ve done everything we can do to address the matter,” Dr. William T. Hogue, USC’s vice president for information technology said in an e-mailed response.

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