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[Dataloss] Education Department working to fix software after student loan data breach
From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Wed Aug 23 2006 - 12:21:57 CDT
Last update: August 23, 2006 . 11:54 AM
WASHINGTON. The Education Department was working to fix a software glitch
in its student loan Web site after users complained that they could see
other people's personal data.
The department said Wednesday that only a "limited number'' of the
program's 6.4 million borrowers were believed to be affected after the
problem began Sunday, since not all use the online system. It did not
specify how many.
The program involves holders of federal direct student loans, not those
who have loans managed through private companies.
The department blamed the data breach on a routine software upgrade,
conducted by Dallas-based contractor Affiliated Computers Services Inc.,
that appeared to mix up data for different borrowers when they accessed
the Web site. Since Sunday, four borrowers have complained, a spokeswoman
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