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Some VMI Computers Sold at Auctions Not Erased

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia Military Institute is trying to track down more than a dozen computers sold at surplus auctions that might contain personal information.

The computers are among 369 that were sold during auctions on Oct. 5 and Oct. 26.

VMI spokesman Stewart MacInnis tells The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1iJHcLP ) that the hard drives of about 50 computers weren't erased. The university has contacted the buyers of all but 16 computers to determine whether they contain hard drives and whether data remains.

MacInnis says employees and cadets' protected information is supposed to be maintained only on servers.

But he says someone might have used a credit card to make a reservation while traveling for VMI, or to purchase something online.

He says VMI is reviewing the incident to determine why procedures weren't followed.

Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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