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UBC computer with sensitive data recovered

03/07/2012 09:11 EST | Updated 05/07/2012 05:12 EDT

The University of B.C. is reviewing its security procedures after the theft of a laptop containing personal information on thousands of students and faculty members.

RCMP retrieved the computer last month, 10 days after it was stolen from a vehicle in the Metrotown area.

According to information sworn to obtain a search warrant, the MacBook Pro computer contained names, email addresses and student numbers for 50,000 people who attended UBC between 2007 and 2012.

During the time it was missing, someone changed the user name and accessed the internet 15 times, the documents say. But the encrypted information was never touched or in danger, according to UBC spokeswoman Lucie McNeill.

"We were fairly confident that our protective software on the computer was doing the trick," McNeill said. "We take this extremely seriously and, you know, we already have strong protocols and where they need to be strengthened we are strengthening them."

Burnaby RCMP traced the stolen computer to a Richmond man, but no charges have been laid.

The incident follows the theft of a computer with information on 11,000 University of Victoria staff members earlier this year and the use of stolen Simon Fraser University student information to gain transit U-Passes.

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