Ohio University has fired two computer specialists whom it suspended in June after a series of electronic break-ins to the university's records.
''I'm very hopeful this brings to a closure the security breaches we had,'' said Bill Sams, the university's associate provost for information technology and chief information officer. ''It's an ongoing effort to stay ahead of hackers.''
In June, the university's board of trustees voted to spend up to $4 million to upgrade the university's computer security system. The university also suspended Tom Reid, the director of Computer and Network Services, and Internet and systems manager Todd Acheson.
Since April, the university has discovered computer systems were breached in its health center, the alumni office, the training center for fledgling businesses and the department that handles records for businesses the university hires. The breaches exposed about 367,000 files containing Social Security numbers, names, medical records and home addresses, the university said initially.
Sams said Thursday that about 173,000 people's files were affected, and ''around a couple dozen indicated they had some problems, although some of them not within the time frames'' of the break-ins.