Auburn University Acknowledges Data Breach

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University recently began notifying an undisclosed numbers of alumni and donors that spreadsheets containing their information were mistakenly uploaded to a publicly accessible server (h/t

When the error was discovered on June 19, 2013, the university’s Office of Information Technology removed the spreadsheets from the server and launched an investigation into the incident.

The spreadsheets contained alumni and donor names, maiden names if applicable, Social Security numbers, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, along with first year at Auburn, graduation year, school attended and alumni status.

It’s not clear from the notification letter [PDF] when the spreadsheets were first uploaded to the server.

While the university is currently unaware of any attempted misuse of the information, it’s providing all those affected with one year of free identity protection services from AllClear ID.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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