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Fresno State says hard drive stolen with personal information of 15,000 people

Fresno State officials say a personal-information data exposure is potentially affecting approximately 15,000 people, 300 of whom are currently affiliated with the University.

Fresno State officials say a personal-information data exposure is potentially affecting approximately 15,000 people, 300 of whom are currently affiliated with the University.

Officials say the information was on an external hard drive that was stolen, along with 18 laptop computers and other items, from the North Gym in late December or early January.

The hard drive, which was a backup and not encrypted, was reported missing on January 12th.

A majority of data files were from 2003 to 2014.

Those affected include 300 current students, former student athletes, sports camp attendees and Athletic Corporation employees.

Officials say some files may have contained some personal information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, full or last four digits of Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers, usernames and passwords, health-insurance numbers and personal health information.

Fresno State's Chief Information Officer Orlando Leon tells FOX26 News his team went through a million files to determine the extent of the information compromised.

"As time went by, we were able to understand better. Once we learned there was sensitive information, we made this a priority," Leon says.

His team found a copy of the information, and notification of affected individuals began this week.

For those whose contact information was not available, officials say a substitute notice is being made on www.fresnostate.edu and applicable attorneys general websites for at least 30 days.

A police investigation began immediately after the theft of the hard drive occurred and is ongoing.

The University also has retained the services of a nationally recognized data-security firm, which helped to quantify and identify individuals whose information may have been exposed.

Fresno State is reinforcing its procedures with its employees regarding the proper storage of confidential information and the importance of protecting portable electronic devices.

At this time, the University says they have not received any reports that any of the stolen information has been accessed or misused in any way, and there is no reason to believe that the hard drive was stolen for the information it contained.

People notified of the potential data breach of their personal information are encouraged to review the notification letter and steps outlined to check if any suspicious activity occurred on their credit reports. Free credit monitoring will be offered for one year to those whose Social Security number, financial account information or driver’s license was exposed.

Those who received a notification in the mail or who have concerns may call: 877-646-7924. The call center is open Monday through Friday, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PST.

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