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Ohio U. Suspends IT Managers Over Data Breaches

Ohio University suspended two IT managers Wednesday as part of its investigation into a trio of data breaches that exposed more than 200,000 identities of current and former students, alumni, and faculty.

As part of the review of a report completed by an independent auditor, Ohio University suspended Thomas Reid, the school's director of communication network services, and the unnamed manager of Internet systems, pending a disciplinary hearing.

The three breaches -- which took place in late April and early May -- included one in which hackers hijacked a university computer and used it to launch a denial-of-service (DoS) attack on an outside network.

"As president of Ohio University, I am angry and embarrassed by the computer security system lapses that were undetected before my time as leader of the university," said Roderick McDavis in a statement. "While we cannot correct mistakes of the past, I am determined that the university will learn from these oversights and make the appropriate changes."

The report recommended the suspension of the two managers and a restructuring of the school's IT organization.

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