Private information for all students enrolled at Ohio University since fall 2001 was stolen in the third electronic security breach discovered in three weeks, the school reported Thursday.
It was the first time Social Security numbers and other private information for current students was compromised in the data thefts. The FBI found and alerted the school to the first breach last month, and two more have been discovered in the university's own review of all its systems.
Names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and medical information for 60,000 people were accessed in records at the school's Hudson Health Center, the university discovered last week. The student clinic has records on all Athens campus students dating back to 2001, plus faculty, workers and regional campus students who sought treatment there.
More breaches could be found as 20 employees working seven-day weeks continue the review, which could take another 10 days to finish, said Bill Sams, head of information technology. ''We're going through every system from top to bottom,'' he said.
As it did with the previous thefts, the university sent e-mails Thursday to the affected people and will follow up with letters.