UTA alerts students to identity-theft threat

October 12, 2006

Associated Press


The personal information of about 2,500 University of Texas at Arlington students was on two computers stolen from a faculty member's home last month, school officials said.

The computers stolen from Ray Springston's Fort Worth home included class rosters with students' Social Security numbers, grades, e-mail addresses and other information, the school said. Students in computer science and engineering classes between fall 2000 and fall 2006 could be affected.

"Right now, we are trying to protect the students and let them know about what happened with the computers," school spokesman Bob Wright said in a story posted today on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Web site.

The school is providing students with information about how to monitor their credit records and protect themselves against identity theft at http://www.uta.edu/datatheft.

Fort Worth police said the items stolen in the Sept. 29 burglary included two computers and two flat monitors. Police said today they have no leads in the case.

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