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University of Colorado servers hacked

About 43,000 people could be at risk of identity theft from a break-in of two University of Colorado servers.

The University of Colorado has become the latest educational institution to fall prey to hackers. The school is warning about 43,000 people that they may be at risk of having their identities stolen after two of its servers were attacked, it said Thursday. One server, at the school's health center, contained the names, Social Security numbers, student ID numbers, addresses and dates of birth of about 42,000 people, the university said. Also stored on the server were the results of about 2,000 laboratory tests, the university said. The break-in was discovered on July 14. Initial investigation has found no evidence that personal data was extracted or abused, according to the university.

Security breaches appear to be a growing problem in higher education institutions. More than two dozen attacks on university servers have compromised private data during the last six months, the University of Colorado said, citing The Chronicle of Higher Education. Earlier this week, the University of Southern California said a database containing about 270,000 records of past applicants was hacked in June.