FAQ – Information Security Incident #2006-03-01
The IT Security Office at California State University
Dominguez Hills has compiled this list of frequently asked questions to assist
users with inquiries into the 2006-03-01 computer security incident. This
document will provide factual information to people affected by the incident.
- I have reviewed the web site incident details and I
still have questions. Who can I contact?
Answer: For additional
assistance, call 310-243-2305 and leave a message, or fill out the inquiry
form on the CSUDH web site
- I received a notification in the mail about a
laptop computer stolen from a faculty office at CSUDH. Does that mean that
someone got my personal information?
Answer: It was reported that the laptop computer might
have contained the personal information of 2,486 students. At this time,
there is no evidence that suggests any data/information/identity theft
occurred. However, since the perpetrator(s) had full access to the laptop,
nothing indicates otherwise either.
- Does that mean that someone could have looked at or
changed my class schedule or transcript information?
Answer: The main student records and registration
database was not on the computer that was stolen and the laptop was
isolated from the campus data network, so the perpetrator(s) do not
have access to transcripts or class schedule information.
- What can I do to protect myself if my personal
information was on the laptop and the perpetrator(s) did access my
Answer: Visit the
State of California Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Privacy
Protection for helpful information about protecting your identity.
- Is my information still at risk from another
Answer: Computer security is a high priority on our
campus. We have taken several preventative measures to increase security and
will continue to do so in order to keep pace with any new threats that
emerge in the future.
- Does obtaining a credit report affect my credit
Answer: According to the
Experian web site, personal inquiries do not affect a person’s credit
- Will the University pay the fee for me to receive a
credit report if I decide to purchase one?
Answer: Thanks to federal law that went into effect on
December 1, 2004, Californians and residents of other western states can get
one free credit report a year from each of the three national credit
Trans Union. Call 310-243-2305 for assistance/questions with credit
reports and leave a message, or fill out the form at
- Do I need to obtain a credit report from all three
agencies or is querying one sufficient?
Answer: Please visit the web sites for each of the
three national credit bureaus:
Trans Union, to obtain an answer to this question, or call 310-243-2305
for information about setting credit file alerts and getting reports from
all three bureaus.
- If I see something suspicious on my credit report,
Social Security report, or credit card or banking statements, who should I
contact to investigate the activity?
Answer: The California Attorney General’s Office web
site has some helpful hints on what to do if you suspect identity theft.
The State of California
Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Privacy Protection also has various
tips for assisting in this process. Visit their site regarding identity