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WSU hard drive with SSN, personal health info, names stolen


Washington State University released a statement that a hard drive which contained Social Security numbers, health information and names of some survey participants had been stolen.

WSU President Kirk H. Schulz issued a statement that said the school learned on April 21 that a locked safe that held a hard drive had been stolen. The drive had been used to back up files from a server used by the Social & Economic Sciences Research Center, which had conducted a survey that gathered information such as Social Security numbers, individual’s names and personal health information.

The university notified law enforcement when it discovered the hard drive had been stolen and are now notifying individuals who may have been impacted. The school is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to those whose information may have been compromised.

WSU began notifying individuals by mail June 9. Anyone who believes they may have been impacted by this can contact the school at 866-523-9195 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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