Cornell probes theft of laptop with personal data

Cornell University officials are investigating the theft of a school computer that might have compromised the personal information of about 45,000 current and former students, faculty, and staff, reports the Associated Press. University spokesman Simeon Moss says Cornell has sent eMail messages about the incident to everyone whose data was on the computer. They’re being offered one year of free credit reporting, credit monitoring, and identity restoration services. A Cornell web page on the theft says there have been no known misuses of the data, which include Social Security numbers. The page says the laptop was in the possession of a Cornell technician who was doing some troubleshooting, and police are investigating the incident.

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