PITT COUNTY, N.C. – The personal information of thousands of community college students at a North Carolina school is missing after a school employee lost a thumb drive.
WITN reported that an employee at Pitt Community College in Winterville accidentally lost a thumb drive with the full names, social security numbers, and addresses of about 5,300 former students.
An employee had the information on a thumb drive and was planning on transferring it to a secure location, according to Rick Owens, vice president of administrative services at the school.
The school said it does not believe that the thumb drive was stolen. It may have accidentally been discarded, according to the school.
The people who had their information lost took the High School Equivalence/GED exam at the school between 1967 and 2001, according to the community college.