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University of Maine warns of potential data breach

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine is warning of a potential data breach after the theft of a laptop computer and memory card belonging to a faculty member.

Officials say the items were stolen from a checked bag on a Seattle-to-Boston flight this month, potentially exposing personal information of 941 students enrolled in physics courses dating to 1999.

The University of Maine System has notified the state attorney general’s office and is working with information security and law enforcement officials on the theft.

As of Wednesday, there was no indication that the data had been used. The records of 604 students enrolled from 1999 to 2007 included names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, email addresses, grade data, and course information. Those people will be offered one year of free identity theft protection.