[ISN] Investigation Ordered After Computer Glitch at State Agency Exposes Student Records

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Date: Sun Jul 29 2001 - 02:49:57 PDT

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    The Associated Press 
    Published: Jul 27, 2001
    ATLANTA (AP) - 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 leaked from a Georgia Student
    Finance Commission database. Student journalists at Southern
    Polytechnic University in Marietta found 3,187 pages of personal
    information on thousands of students attending Georgia schools.
    The information was available on the search engine Google.com from
    April until June. The problem has since been fixed.
    Gov. Roy Barnes on Thursday called for a state investigation into how
    the agency accidentally disabled its "firewalls," barriers that
    prevent unauthorized access to a computer network.
    A Google Inc. official said Google.com began deleting the information
    immediately after being notified by agency officials in April. Because
    Google operates hundreds of servers in its network, the process might
    have taken anywhere from a few hours to several days, spokeswoman
    Cindy McCaffrey said.
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