NMSU: Stolen laptops contained personal data of 170 students

Updated: 08/19/2014 9:21 PM | Created: 08/19/2014 3:21 PM
By: Blair Miller,

Computers that contained some of New Mexico State University's student data were stolen from a NMSU building June 19 and 24, according to a letter sent to about 170 students August 11.

Read the letter to students here.

NMSU Chief Information Officer Norma Grijalva said in the letter that one of the stolen laptops contained a link to a Microsoft Excel file in which names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and "other student information" was kept.

NMSU says it has launched an investigation "as per applicable federal data-privacy regulations" to determine what information was specifically stolen, but said that it appeared "the thief was not targeting data" and the likelihood of the data being misused was "very low".

The university also said the suspect in the theft, 19-year-old Oscar Quintana, had already been arrested and charged, but that he had disposed of the laptop before being arrested.

Quintana is currently being held in the Dona Ana County Jail.

The letter guided affected students to Federal Trade Commission resources and credit reporting companies so students could see if their credit had been affected.

Oscar Quintana
Photo: Dona Ana County Jail
New Mexico State University

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