- Associated Press - Friday, May 30, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - An estimated 50,000 people could be affected by a data breach in Arkansas State University’s Department of Childhood Services, ASU officials said Friday.

ASU Chief Information Officer Henry Torres said the school was notified about the breach by the state Department of Childhood Services on Wednesday.

“We have confirmed unauthorized access to data, but we have no reports regarding illegal use of the information in these files,” Torres said. “We took immediate measures to address this issue after being notified by DHS. We are cooperating with DHS and working with programmers to assess and resolve the situation.”

The breach involved a database related to the Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP) Registry, a professional development system designed to track and facilitate training and continuing education for early childhood practitioners in Arkansas, Torres said. The registry also tracks more than 6,000 workshops each year, and participants register online.

Though it is connected to ASU’s College of Education and Behavior Science, the registry program is not part of the main university databases, so no student, faculty or staff records are involved unless they have participated in the TAPP Registry, according to ASU.

Computer servers containing the databases were immediately disabled, Torres said, and the TAPP Registry has been taken offline until a review of the system is completed.

A hotline has been established for individuals who have questions, and staffed daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT. Information is also available on the ASU website.

The registry is a grant-funded project administered and housed on Arkansas State’s Jonesboro campus.

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Online:

Arkansas State University website on identity theft: http://www.astate.edu/a/its/information-on-security/index.dot

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