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.

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