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U of I: Past student took Social Security numbers

Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 3:00 p.m. CDT

URBANA (AP) — A former University of Illinois student convicted of computer fraud is believed to have also downloaded up to 3,000 Social Security numbers belonging to residents of a campus dormitory, but the numbers don't appear to have been used and no new charges are expected, university police say.

Daniel Beckwitt, a 22-year-old former engineering student, downloaded information that included the Social Security numbers of students who lived in the Hendrick House residence hall when a break-in occurred during the 2011-12 school year, police Capt. Roy Acree said.

"He ended up in an office where a computer was located and used a thumb drive to download information which included Social Security numbers of some of the residents of Hendrick House," Acree told The News-Gazette in Champaign (http://bit.ly/12fJTvv ).

Detective James Carter said police don't believe the numbers recently found on the drive were used for anything and no new charges are expected.

Beckwitt was sentenced this month to three days in jail and 24 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to computer fraud for tampering with campus email accounts. As part of his plea deal, a second count of computer fraud and charges of criminal damage to government property, forgery, possession of a firearm without a state FOID card, identity theft and eavesdropping were dropped.

Beckwitt in the past listed addresses in Urbana and Maryland but on Friday could not be located for comment.

Students whose data was taken are being contacted, Hendrick House general manager Becky Rowe said. The data was not encrypted, but she said such information will be in the future.

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