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Most missing documents that resulted in Point Park University security alert found

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:12 p.m.

Point Park University officials say they have found missing documents that triggered alerts of a possible data breach last week.

University spokesman Lou Corsaro said Point Park's third-party shipper informed the university on Tuesday that it located a package of documents intended for delivery on or about Feb. 27 to the Downtown school.

“Those documents were mangled, and the shipper's security (staff) believes the package was caught in a conveyor belt. The documents that fell out when the packaging was caught were sent to a different facility, which is consistent with the standard practice for damaged packaging,” Corsaro said.

The original package, which included personal information destined for Point Park from its payroll processor, contained 1,400 to 1,500 pages of documents. Corsaro said all but 47 12 pages were located.

“Everyone believes it is highly unlikely the documents left the shipper's control,” Corsaro said.

University President Paul Hennigan notified 1,800 Point Park employees of a possible data breach last week and initiated an investigation.

“Employees will still be getting a letter regarding identity-monitoring services and other protective measures, and the university regrets any concern the matter has caused its employees. The call center for information regarding identity protection remains active,” Corsaro said.

Debra Erdley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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