The names and Social Security numbers of 43,000 people associated with Yale University were visible online and searchable via Google for 10 months.
The affected individuals were students, alumni, faculty and staff affiliated with Yale in 1999, Computerworld reported Monday. Their data was stored on a File Transfer Protocol server that became searchable after Google made a change to its search engine last September. Prior to that change, Google did not include FTP servers in its search index.
Yale deleted the personal data and took the server offline after it discovered the exposure in June, the article said. It is offering two years of identity theft insurance and credit monitoring to the affected people.