Stolen UBC computer containing student, faculty information retrieved

March 8, 2012

The University of British Columbia is reviewing its security procedures following the theft of a laptop containing personal information on thousands of students and professors. The RCMP retrieved the laptop in February, 10 days after it was stolen from a car in Burnaby. The computer contained names, e-mail addresses, and student numbers for 50,000 individuals who attended UBC between 2007 and 2012. During the time the computer was missing, someone changed the username and accessed the Internet 15 times; however, the encrypted data was never touched or in danger. The RCMP has traced the stolen laptop to a Richmond man, but no charges have been pressed. The incident follows the theft of computer devices containing information on thousands of University of Victoria employees and the use of stolen Simon Fraser University student data to gain U-Passes. Meanwhile, McGill University is investigating the source of the leak of confidential donor information that was posted online. CBC