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College of Business and Economics at Cal State L.A. notifies campus community on information security incident

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The College of Business and Economics at California State University, Los Angeles is notifying individuals associated with four 2002 and 2003 Information Systems courses after it was discovered that unencrypted personal data was accessible through a faculty member’s web site.

The files included names and Social Security numbers of 82 students, who had taken CIS 454 and 528 in Spring 2002 and CIS 283 and 585 in Spring 2003.  In addition, the personal data of three faculty members was also accessible on the web site.

The information, which was mistakenly posted by a faculty member since July 2009, was removed from the web site immediately after its presence became known. 

“Our primary concerns are to notify those possibly affected by this and to take additional measures to prevent similar incidents,” said Philip Romero, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “We are notifying all persons included in the computer files about this incident.”

Those affected have been mailed letters, referring them to credit bureaus and other agencies where they can find information to help protect against fraud and identity theft.

Cal State L.A. posted information about the incident at
. The site includes credit bureau listings so that those notified can call to request a copy of their credit reports or to report any suspicious activity on their accounts. Any suspicious activity should be reported by the individual to a local law enforcement agency after notifying the credit bureaus.

The College of Business and Economics also has set up a toll-free calling center at (800) 883-4029 as an information resource. The call center will operate weekdays between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center will stay in operation as long as necessary.

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