IU reports possible data exposure for 146K students, recent graduates

Breach impacts students at 7 campuses

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University officials confirmed that data and information of about 146,000 students and recent graduates may have been exposed online.

The potential exposure involves the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of affected students from IU's seven campuses from 2011 to 2014, officials said.

IU officials said the information had been exposed for 11 months, but there is no evidence the files were viewed for inappropriate or illegal purposes.

The data was accessed by automated computer data mining applications that are used to improve internet searching capabilities, officials said.

As a precaution, the school will notify affected students of the exposure this week.

"IU takes the security of all its data, especially the personal information of its students, extremely seriously and apologizes for any concern this issue may cause among our students and their families," said John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs. "The university also is committed to assisting those whose information was potentially exposed."

IU has set up a call center to handle questions. Call 866-254-1484 after 8 a.m. on Feb. 28. A website has also been established to answer questions. Click here for more information -- http://bit.ly/1cMOQpM

IU says it is also taking steps to help the affected students with credit monitoring.

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