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Johns Hopkins students’ info discovered online

Johns Hopkins University officials are alerting more than 2,000 graduate students that their personal information has been discovered on the Internet.

Hopkins spokesman Dennis O’Shea said Monday that the school began notifying 2,166 affected students last week. He says someone outside the university notified the school last month that files containing names and social security numbers of the students were accessible online. O’Shea says there’s no evidence that the information for these students who attended the school from 2007 to 2009 has been used in an illegal or inappropriate way.

O’Shea says someone stored spreadsheets on a server without realizing they would then be accessible online. He says staff is being retrained and an audit did not find similar situations.

Affected students are being offered a year of credit monitoring.

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