In our last episode, we highlighted the Reinhart-Rogoff excel mistake (which looks ever more dubious as time goes on…)
Today we have Indiana University to thank for bringing one of our nightmares to life:
Data stored in an insecure online location for nearly a year exposed personal information on 146,000 students and recent graduates of Indiana University, officials said on Tuesday. The lapse occurred in the registrar’s office when a data file was placed in the wrong folder; it was discovered by an employee last week.
There is no evidence that the university was the target of a cyberattack, said Bradley C. Wheeler, vice president for information technology and chief information officer for the eight-campus system. No servers or systems were hacked.
“What we do know is that a bot indexed them,” Mr. Wheeler said of the data. “We do know one bot downloaded some into a cache. We have no evidence that anything happened from the cache there. This is not like incidents where there is very good forensic evidence that a file was taken.”
Tired of the term “Big Data” yet?
These guys are hoping you are not: