Joining a growing list of universities that have experienced a data breach, Rice University is notifying more than 7,000 students and employees that their personal information was exposed when a portable storage device containing student and employee names, addresses, birth dates, salaries, emergency contact information and, in some cases, Social Security numbers was stolen in August. eSecurity Planet reports that university officials and local police are investigating the theft. The university has apologized and offered free credit monitoring services to those affected. Officials are reviewing the school's security procedures, according to the report.
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