More than 600 people who are associated with the Ohio State College of Dentistry recently got some bad news not related to their gum health, but rather the safety of their personal information.
Hackers released the names, addresses, phone umbers, email addresses and passwords for breach victims, posting all the data online on October 1, according to a report from OSU student newspaper The Lantern
. However, the school did not notify victims of the incident because Ohio law only mandates that alerts be sent out if there is a chance the data could lead to identity theft
"For Ohio State, the information accessed was five-year-old, non-restricted data from the College of Dentistry," university spokesman Jim Lynch told the newspaper via email. "This vulnerability was addressed within less than one half-hour after we noticed suspicious server activity, and thankfully no restricted data was taken from the system." Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft 911, has a blog about the ways in which data breaches
can adversely affect victimized consumers.
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