Magazine article University Business

Internal Security Breach at EMU

Magazine article University Business

Internal Security Breach at EMU

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IDENTITY THEFT IS ALWAYS A CONCERN WHEN LARGE amounts of personal and financial information are stored. What about when that theft is from within? That's what happened at Eastern Michigan University when two student workers allegedly stole sensitive information to share with a third party. Walter Kraft, vice president for communications at EMU, says the university learned of the incident in early March, when department of public safely personnel were investigating an unrelated incident of a student stealing a laptop. He says the student employees--who are no longer employed by or students of EMU--worked in office positions where they had access to "information and a Limited amount of student records" The investigation is ongoing, and the university is working with federal authorities and the IRS to completely resolve the issue.

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The student workers took Social Security numbers from at Least 58 students or their dependents. Kraft says the institution believes the information was taken so a third party could fraudulently file tax returns. …

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