The FBI has been brought in to investigate the hacking of Stanford University’s computer network, which could have compromised the personal information of around 10,000 people.
The university said the intrusion took place on 11 May and personal information at its career development centre was compromised.
Stanford said it had begun notifying students and recruiters this week that their personal information could be in danger, particularly as the records included student social security numbers.
The records that were breached go back to 1996, and include electronic CVs and government and other financial information. Some information held on recruiters included credit card details.
Computers at the career development centre were temporarily closed down once the breach was discovered.
The Stanford breach follows other recent high-profile threats to personal information at US companies as a result of thefts. MCI, Time Warner, ChoicePoint and LexisNexis have all been affected.