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One million people affected by WSU data breach

Names and personal data of about a million people may have been compromised in a burglary involving Washington State University property. This month the university started alerting people who could be impacted. A Washington State University researcher noticed the breach in April. An 85 pound safe holding a hard drive was missing from a WSU storage unit in Olympia. That drive contains names of about a million people — and social security numbers and health history on some of them. It was all part of research the university had conducted for outside agencies, including school districts and government offices in Washington and Idaho.

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