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Mailing Mishap Exposes UVA Students’ Personal Information

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A mistake at the University of Virginia compromised thousands of students' most personal information.

A mailing mishap exposed 18,700 students' Social Security numbers. It's a mistake the university is trying to fix, but that still has many students concerned.

"It's really shocking and disturbing that the university would mess up like that," said UVA student Sharon Holman. 

The Social Security numbers were mailed out on address labels for Aetna Student Health brochures, which were obtained by student newspaper The Cavalier Daily.

The news is disturbing to students who don't know yet if they could be victims.

"As young students, many of us haven't really built our credit yet and as we start to build our credit this could actually hurt us," said UVA student Akwasi Asante.

A UVA spokesperson released a statement Wednesday confirming the exposure, reading: "The university certainly regrets that this exposure occurred."

Some students say their university is the last place they would expect something like this to happen. 

"Out of all the places for you to get your identity stolen, your Social Security number, you think it would be the internet or something like that but it's your university?" said UVA student Shamecca Perkins. 

And while UVA says it will provide students with free credit-monitoring resources, some say the damage is already done. 

"I think that's a step that can help but there's very little they can do to take this back. It's something that is going to take years for us to fix those types of mistakes," Holman said.

 

In the statement the spokesperson also says UVA is focusing on notifying those affected and making sure that something like this never happens again.

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