Cyber Theft of Personal Data May Impact 3,000 People Linked to BSU 

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Officials say the theft of an external hard drive on the campus of Fresno State University might have a far-reaching impact for personal information that originated on the campus of Boise State University. Authorities said as many as 3,000 individuals connected in some way to BSU may have had personal data stolen.

Officials from both universities confirm that the hard drive was stolen sometime in December 2017, and that it included personal information of attendees of BSU football camps in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Personal data of other individuals connected to the BSU Athletics Department may also have been stolen. Fresno State indicated that some files included personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, full or partial Social Security numbers and medical information. University officials did not clarify exactly how personal data of individuals linked to BSU ended up on a Fresno State hard drive. Fresno State officials are investigating the origin of the BSU information, but that detail has not been shared publicly.

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BSU officials said that soon after learning of the theft in early March, they began notifying individuals whose data may have been exposed. Because they have not been able to contact approximately 600 attendees of the BSU football camps, they notified the general public today in an effort to alert anyone else who may have been affected. Officials recommend that all individuals potentially affected by the theft review their account and credit card information for suspicious activities or services.
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