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Potential Data Exposure at IU Campuses

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School officials at Indiana University report that on Tuesday, they notified the Indiana Attorney General's office of the potential exposure of personal data including student names, addresses and Social Security numbers.

According to a university press release, approximately 146,000 students and recent graduates across seven IU campuses who attended the university from 2011 to 2014 could be affected.

 IU is quick to point out that unlike recent high-profile data breaches, no servers or systems were compromised. The information was not downloaded by an unauthorized individual looking for specific sensitive data, but rather was accessed by three automated computer data mining applications. These applications are called webcrawlers and they are used to improve Web search capabilities.

Upon discovering the potential issue, the school says it immediately secured the data and found no evidence files have been viewed or used for inappropriate or illegal purposes.

As a precaution though, the university will begin notifying all affected students of the possible data exposure this week.
“IU takes the security of all its data, especially the personal information of its students, extremely seriously and apologizes for any concern this issue may cause among our students and their families,” said John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs. “The university also is committed to assisting those whose information was potentially exposed.”
In addition to notifying those affected by the potential exposure, IU is taking the following steps to minimize the potential impact of this incident: 

  • The university will set up a call center to handle questions from anyone whose information was potentially placed at risk as a result of this situation. That center will be operational no later than 8 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 28, at 866-254-1484.
  • A website with information on how to monitor one’s credit accounts and with answers to other questions regarding the potential data exposure has been established at  https://apps.usss.iu.edu/usss-data-exposure/faq.cfm
  • To assist with credit monitoring, IU will supply the Social Security numbers and names of those potentially affected to all three major credit-reporting agencies.

The university discovered late last week that the data had been stored in an insecure location for the past 11 months. The issue was discovered by a staff member of the university registrar’s office who accessed the files in question for internal use. The site was immediately locked down, and the information was moved to a secure location the following day. 
It was determined that a change in the security protections for the site that housed the information, made in March 2013, inadvertently allowed the site to be accessed without the necessary authentication. A subsequent review of access logs late last week determined that the data in question had been downloaded only by the three automated webcrawling programs. The files in question were safeguarded to mask the nature of the data contained in them.
“This is not a case of a targeted attempt to obtain data for illegal purposes, and we believe the chance of sensitive data falling into the wrong hands as a result of this situation is remote,” said James Kennedy, associate vice president for financial aid and university student services and systems. “At the same time, we have moved quickly to secure the data and are conducting a thorough investigation into our information handling process to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”

 

Pence to Renew Call for Pre-K Pilot Prgm on Wed.

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Governor Mike Pence will once again, prompt the legislature to pass a voluntary, scholarship-based voucher Pre-K program for Indiana's low-income children.
According to a press release from the governor's office, Pence plans to offer brief remarks to the media in...

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State Champion Chesterton HS Debate Team Honored

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In recognition of its state championship, the Chesterton High School Debate team was honored this week by Indiana House members in a resolution authored by State Representative Chuck Moseley (D-Portage).
The Chesterton team recaptured the state title at the Indiana...

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Crossroads Chamber in Need of Marriage Mill Couple

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Area brides planning a June wedding: the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking for you and your beau to tie the knot on June 20th in homage to a romantic period in Crown Point's rich history  Also, loving couples...

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Area Hospitals Makes the Grade 7th Consecutive Year

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Community Hospital in Munster continues its track record of excellent patient care by being named one of America's 50 Best for the seventh year running. Healthgrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization, places Community Hospital in the top one...

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Tonight Show Host Sightings Expected in Chicago

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NBC's new Tonight Show Host brought the show back to it's place of origin--New York City.  Now look for Jimmy Fallon to make a "splash" in Chicago.  .
Perhap's taking a cue from the Tonight Show premier that featured a...

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Semi Takes Exit Curve on Cline Avenue Too Fast

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Excessive speed is being blamed that rolled a semi on its side as the driver was exiting off of eastboung 80/94 onto northbound Cline Avenue shortly before noon on Tuesday.
Indiana State Police say the truck, out of Racine, Wisconsin...

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Crash Closes Exit Ramp to NB Cline Ave. from EB 80/94

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A roll-over accident involving a tractor-trailer semi is blocking the exit ramp from eastbound Borman (I-80/94) to northbound Sr-912/Cline Ave.
Drivers are being urged to avoid the exit ramp as debris from the truck was reported to be scattered across...

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219: Taltree Winter Fun

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With winter weather here to stay, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is finding different ways for Region residents to enjoy nature. Anicia Kosky, Communications Director, says Taltree Arboretum and Gardens has alot to offer. Winter activities include classes, hiking, cross country...

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IN Farm Bureau Applauds Passage of SB 101 and 186

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The Indiana Farm Bureau is thanking the state House today regarding the passage of two senate bills that will now head to the Governor's desk for his signature. Senate Bill 101, otherwise known as the so-called “Ag-Gag” legislation, passed by...

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Man Dies After Being Run Over by Car in Hammond

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A 44 year old Hammond man was killed Monday night after being run over by car in the 400 block of Michigan Avenue. Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says officers were called to the scene around 7:40pm in reference to...

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Family Dog May Be to Blame for House Fire in LaPorte

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A LaPorte family has been displaced while repairs take place after their home caught on fire Monday afternoon. LaPorte Police report, at approximately 1:15pm, a neighbor saw smoke coming from the home, located in the 16-hundred block of Stone Lake...

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Man Talked Down After Threats to Jump Off Overpass

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A LaPorte man who threatened to jump off an overpass Monday night surrendered without incident after nearly two-hours of negotiation with police officers. LaPorte Police report officers were dispatched to the US Highway 35 overpass, at approximately 9:16pm, and located...

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Crenshaw Sentenced for Stealing from Merrillville

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A former town of Merrillville employee was sentenced on Monday to two-and-a-half years in prison for stealing bond money. 43 year old Virlissa Crenshaw was ordered to pay over 176-thousand dollars in restitution to Merrillville and three-years supervised release following...

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Traffic Light Issue in St. Joseph County Causing Back Ups

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The St. Joseph County Police Department would like to advise travelers and commuters that the traffic light at the intersection of State Road 933 and Cleveland Road will be out of order until 11am this morning.  Traffic has already backed...

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Three Middle School Students Face Drug Charges

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Three Willowcreek Middle School students were arrested on Friday on charges that include misdemeanor possession of marijuana and dealing marijuana on school property, a felony. Portage Police report an officer was informed upon arrival that a 7 th grade student...

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Chicago Prison Escapee Sentenced

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A man who made a daring Chicago prison escape was sentenced Monday. ABC News reports in 2012 Kenneth Conley, and Joseph Banks managed to escape their 17th floor prison cell by scaling down the side of the building with a...

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Tossed Pasta Nets Jail Stay for Hotel Visitor

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The La Porte County Sheriff's Department say officers responding to an early morning disturbance at an area hotel found a bowl of overturned pasta and a guest reportedly yelling.
According to reports the incident began when a 38 year-old Valparaiso...

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Visclosky to Address Chamber on South Shore Expansion

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The South Shore Rail Expansion may be a step closer to becoming a reality.  Indiana 1st District Congressman Pete Visclosky is scheduled to speak on behalf of ithe line's expansion next month when he addresses the Lakeshore Chamber at Ameristar...

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Chase Results in Crash and Capture of 5 Men

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A high-speed pursuit at the start of afternoon rush resulted in a crash of the suspects' car on US-20 near I-94 in Porter on Monday.
According to published reports, the car, occupied by five males, took off after an attempted...

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