Montana Tech students’ personal information accidentally mass e-mailed

Personal information for 267 former Montana Tech students was accidentally e-mailed to the entire campus last week, KBZK reports.

The e-mail, sent on April 22, contained names, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers and birthdates of students who took part in an undergraduate research program from 1998 to 2006, KBZK’s report said.

The college’s chancellor, Frank Gilmore, said in a written statement:

We have recalled the email message, reviewed procedures to ensure that a similar incident does not occur in the future, and investigated methods to protect the credit of those affected. The university is working diligently to address problems caused by this incident and any further implications it might have.

Of course, as the college acknowledges in its letter to the affected students, the message can only be partially recalled.

Tech is offering to pay for some security measures to help people make sure their identities are safe. The college also provided the former students with a guide to what they should do next.

Funny thing about this, I think, is the Web address the college chose to use for this accident: http://www.mtech.edu/incident/.

There’s some truth in advertising for you.