East Carolina University says it is investigating a possible security breach involving students' personal information.
ECU spokesman John Durham says the university was contacted January 3, 2008 by the website ssnbreach.org. The website told ECU that a former professor had included the students' information on his personal web site.
In a news release, ssnbreach.org says personal info from 736 students, including 412 social security numbers, was included.
Durham said ECU contacted the former professor on January 4, 2008. Durham said the former professor then responded, saying all the information on the site had been destroyed, and Google had been notified to take the information out of any caches.
Durham said today that ECU is investigating the matter and will be sending out letters next week to anyone who might have been affected.
When asked about the delay between the initial report and the notification of potential affected students, Durham said the university is working to make sure no one is missed in the notification process.
A former student of the professor tells WITN News that the teacher often pushed his students to his personal web site which contained information like classroom work data and homework assignments.