3) Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in November 2012: A massive data security breach led to the exposure of more than 176,000 student and employee records. Ten files on a VCU campus server that was hacked last fall included dates of birth, contact information, names, online identification numbers, Social Security numbers, and various programmatic and departmental information. VCU was the 21st campus to report a data breach involving more than 100,000 records since data incidents were first recorded in 2005.

4) Salem State University in February 2012: The university notified more than 25,000 current and former students and staffers that their private information may have been exposed after the school detected a virus on one of their computer drives in February.

5) Champlain College in June 2013: More than 14,000 personal files were exposed after a flash drive was found in a campus computer lab. The school’s post-breach statement read: “Once the drive was returned to the information systems department, the college launched an internal investigation, retained independent forensics experts and hired privacy and data security legal counsel to assist with the investigation of, and response to, this incident. … The college has no evidence of any attempted or actual misuse of the  information stored on the device, but out of an abundance of caution notified those potentially impacted of steps they can take to monitor their identity, financial accounts, and credit, should they feel it is necessary to do so.”

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