USC computer breach affects thousands

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina says a computer security breach exposed private information on thousands of students, faculty, staff and retirees.

The State of Columbia reported Saturday that the breach was discovered in January on a computer server at the school's Sumter campus. But it could have affected people throughout the eight-campus university system.

University spokeswoman Margaret Lamb said Friday letters were sent to all those whose information may have been exposed. Those letters were sent on March 1.

Lamb says there is no indication that anyone's information was actually seen or improperly used.

The university would not say how the breach happened, but said it was human error.

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