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Colleges on Their Guard Against ID Security Threats

Monty Solomon (
Sat, 19 Mar 2005 01:20:26 -0500

Computer breach prompts BC to limit Social Security data

By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff | March 18, 2005

While Boston College warns 120,000 alumni that their Social Security
numbers may have been stolen by Internet thieves, computer
administrators at other Boston-area colleges say they long ago took
steps to reduce the threat.

James Stone, director of consulting services for the Office of
Information Technology at Boston University, said his school and many
others throughout the United States once routinely used Social
Security numbers for identification on internal files and documents.
But by the late 1990s, BU officials began to doubt the wisdom of this

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