University of California, Berkeley police are investigating the theft of a campus laptop computer that contained files with the names and social security numbers of more than 98,000 individuals, mostly graduate students or applicants to the campus’s graduate programs. Individuals, concerned that their data may have been on the stolen computer, may visit a special campus website: http://idalert.berkeley.edu/securitybreach.html. The website contains helpful phone numbers, information on next steps to take and links to credit reporting agencies.
The Graduate Division has also set up a toll-free number and email account to answer specific questions not addressed on the website: 1-800-372-5110 and firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit: http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/03/28_security.shtml.