Stanford Computer with Social Security Numbers Stolen

Palo Alto Online is reporting that a computer was stolen from the office of a Stanford University faculty member. The computer did not contain complete medical records, but apparently it did have some medical and personal information on about 2,500 students, including social security numbers.

Software Should Detect Internet Connection

The computer was apparently in the locked office of a faculty member when it was stolen around July 15 or 16. It has software on it that will detect when and where it connects to the Internet, but there has been no such detection as of the date of the report.

Notices Going Out and Help Line Established

The Medical Center is sending letters to affected individuals. The school has also set up a toll-free help line (855-731-6016) for patients to call Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST; and it is offering individuals free identity protection services, presumable only to affected patients.