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Ohio University Hit By Three Data Breaches

Nearly 200,000 identities may have been exposed to criminals in three separate incidents in a two-week period, Ohio University said Thursday, marking the latest in a string of data breaches to hit American schools.

According to details posted by the university's IT department, the break-ins, which were discovered on April 21, April 28, and May 4, involved systems that recorded detailed information on current and former students, faculty, and staff that included Social Security numbers, names, and dates of birth.

The Athens, Ohio-based school has formed a security SWAT team to both inform potential victims and take "aggressive steps to improve the security of data and IT resources on all Ohio University campuses," a message on Ohio's Web site read.

"We remain committed to making every effort to ensure that the university computer system is as secure as possible and protecting information pertaining to members of the university community, especially its students," Bill Sams, the school's chief information officer, said in a statement.

Ohio is working with the FBI -- which informed the school of the April 21 breach -- as well as other universities that have suffered data breaches to track down the attackers and beef up security.

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