One Million Affected By WSU Data Breach

Jun 23, 2017

Names and personal data of about a million people may have been compromised in a burglary involving Washington State University property.

A WSU hard drive was stolen from a locked storage unit in Olympia in April.

It held research data the university compiled for school districts, the Census Bureau, the Washington Legislature, and other agencies.

WSU spokesperson Phil Weiler says the university has identified the people who could be affected.

"The challenge is an individual may not know that his or her data was on that hard drive because they're not aware that the school district might be doing these multi-year studies, so that's why it's important for us to be able to send letters to individuals."

Weiler says WSU is offering those affected free credit monitoring for one year, and has set up a hotline for people to call for more info. 866-523-9195, Monday through Friday, between 8:00am and 6:00pm Pacific Time.

He says at this point there is no reason to believe the burglar has accessed the information on the hard drive.

Police have no suspects at this time.

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