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Duke Law School has contacted nearly 1,400 people who requested information about the school to warn hackers may have obtained their Social Security numbers. School officials said they discovered Nov. 29 that hackers had breached a data base of prospective applicants who provided personal information, including Social Security numbers. The site containing the information was taken offline. The potential applicants were told of the security breach via an email that included information on how to avert identity theft. “We’ve had two prospective students call to say they’ve detected unauthorized charges on credit cards. Whether it is related to this or not we are not certain,” said law school spokeswoman Melinda Vaughn. “We are reviewing all our processes to determine if we are protecting people as best we can.”

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