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April 21st, 2008

Stolen SunGard Laptop With Data From At Least 10 Colleges And Universities

A laptop belonging to a consultant at SunGard Higher Education, a company that provides software, consulting, and technology management services to colleges and universities, was stolen on March 13, 2008. The theft was immediately reported to law enforcement but the laptop has not been recovered. After analyzing a backup of the computer, SunGard Higher Education found that the stolen laptop contained data from projects with a number of customers. State officials say it contains the names and personal information of 3,502 present and former students of the four CSU universities and included Social Security numbers of about 16,000 current and former students of Buffalo State College, State University College at Brockport and Monroe Community College.

Security teams from affected institutions and SunGard Higher Education are working together to analyze and verify the data and notify affected individuals.

The data was originally provided for SunGard to perform various services for the university system, but it was apparently retained longer than necessary to perform those services.

A dedicated Web site containing updated information may be accessed at A help desk has been established with a toll-free number, (866) 520-2408, to respond to questions from affected individuals. Credit monitoring will be provided at no cost to the affected individuals, for a period of one year.

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