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STUDENT FINANCE GLITCH - THOUSANDS OF PERSONAL RECORDS EXPOSED

Source: News Channel 6 WJBF

Posted on August 25, 2001

      A state investigation has been ordered after college students discovered their Social Security numbers, home addresses and other personal information on the Internet.

      The information was inadvertently exposed from a database kept by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Student journalists found more than 3100 pages of personal information on thousands of students attending Georgia schools.

      Yesterday, Governor Barnes called for a state investigation into how the agency accidentally disabled its "firewalls" -- barriers that prevent unauthorized access to a computer network.

      The problem has since been fixed.




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