LSU Issues Notifications Regarding Stolen Laptop

BATON ROUGE – LSU is mailing letters to approximately 5,500 individuals whose information may have been contained on a university-owned laptop that was recently stolen from an LSU employee.

When the theft was discovered, LSU immediately contacted law enforcement and began an investigation, which involved hiring a third-party forensic firm to analyze the data that may have been contained on the laptop. That investigation determined the laptop may have contained individuals’ full names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and/or driver’s license numbers. The laptop may also have contained the names and credit card information for a very small number of individuals.

LSU has no indication that any of this information has been accessed or misused, and the laptop was password protected. However, out of an abundance of caution, LSU is offering a free one-year membership to the individuals potentially affected through Experian’s IdentityWorks, to help detect fraud or identity theft and to assist anyone who believes their information has been misused related to this incident. Details on this free membership, along with additional information for those potentially affected, are contained in the letters being mailed.

Letters should reach recipients in the next week, and those affected who have any questions can call 888-829-6561 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CENTRAL time, Monday-Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. CENTRAL time, Saturday and Sunday.

In response to this, LSU is moving toward encrypting all university-owned mobile devices and is re-enforcing policies regarding protecting devices with sensitive information.



Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations