- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) - The University of Rhode Island says nearly 3,000 email accounts with addresses and passwords potentially exposed were almost exclusively held by women.

A university spokeswoman told The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1JyQuO1 ) Friday that 97 percent of the university email file breached is associated with women. She called it an “an additional concern.”

The university announced Thursday it was investigating the collection and possible use of information related to email addresses, passwords and other data related to about 3,000 email accounts.

Charlie Schifino, director of university computer systems, said the breach has also potentially exposed personal email addresses and passwords, such as Facebook, Yahoo and Gmail.

URI spokeswoman Linda Acciardo said the university’s data systems were not breached or threatened. However, URI’s cloud-based Gmail accounts, which total about 20,000, were compromised.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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