California university officials have warned nearly 600,000 students and faculty since January that they might be exposed to identity theft following incidents where computer hard drives loaded with their private information were lost or hacked into, the Associated Press (AP) has reported.

The latest instance of missing equipment occurred in June at California State University, San Marcos. An auditor lost a small external hard drive for a laptop computer. Personal data, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and other identifiers for 23,500 students, faculty, and staff in the California State University system were contained...

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