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posted: 7/1/2014 1:01 AM

Butler warns students, staff, alums of data breach

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler University officials are warning more than 160,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni that hackers may have accessed their personal information.

The Indianapolis school learned about the data breach when California officials contacted them last month to say they'd arrested an identity theft suspect who had a flash drive with Butler employees' personal information on it.

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Butler spokesman Michael Kaltenmark tells WTHR-TV the suspect who was arrested has no affiliation with the school.

He says school officials have found the exposed information includes birthdates, social security numbers and bank account information of about 163,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni.

School officials have offered those affected a year of free credit monitoring and urged them to keep an eye on their bank accounts and credit scores.

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