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March 31st, 2008

Antioch University Personal Database Stolen

A computer system at Antioch University that contained personal information on about 70,000 people was breached by an unauthorized intruder three times last year, the school said Friday.

On February 13, 2008, a security incident occurred on one of Antioch University’s computer systems. The University responded aggressively by immediately contacting forensic software investigators to examine its computer system.

After analyzing Antioch’s computer system, the investigators determined that an unauthorized intruder breached one of Antioch’s computer systems on three different occasions: June 9, 2007, June 10, 2007, and October 11, 2007.

The system contains files with Social Security numbers, names, academic records for students and former students, and payroll records for Antioch’s employees and former employees. It also contains names and Social Security numbers for student applicants. So far school administration did not receive reports of identity theft as a result of the intruder’s actions.

No conclusive evidence has been found that the intruder actually acquired, viewed, copied, or otherwise misappropriated any of your personal information. Nonetheless, the school attempts to analyze all available evidence to determine the extent of the intrusion.

The University is working with appropriate federal and state law enforcement agencies to apprehend the responsible party and to determine if any personal information was stolen. Three major consumer credit reporting agencies were contacted to inform them of this incident.

A Toll Free Hotline at 1-866-905-2288 has been set up to assist you with answers to any questions or concerns regarding the data security intrusion. The Toll Free Hotline is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, April 1 through May 30, 2008. If you call after business hours or find it necessary to leave a message, Antioch University will attempt to return your call within two business days.

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