Data theft has become a major worry for the nation's schools and colleges. The problem is underscored by a rash of hacker attacks across the country.

In March, Boston College officials warned 120,000 alumni that their personal information might have been stolen when an intruder hacked into a school computer containing the addresses and Social Security numbers of BC graduates.

A week later, a hacker infiltrated a computer server at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and made off with records for thousands of international students, school officials said.

As if that weren't enough, 59,000 people affiliated with California State University's Chico campus


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