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Reports of Another Education Department Data Breach

10/07/2012

Inside Higher Ed - October 4, 2012

A new feature for student borrowers on the Education Department's National Student Loan Data System might have revealed personal data about borrowers, mimicking another data breach a year ago. The system, a clearinghouse for borrowers and institutions to get information about student loans, recently added a way for borrowers to download all of their data with one click. But some borrowers, when they tried, got information for other borrowers instead, according to financial aid listservs. A similar error happened last year, affecting about 5,000 borrowers: people who logged in to the system saw information for other borrowers instead of their own.

The Education Department was unable to immediately provide any more information about the alleged glitch on Wednesday.