Minnesota student loan data breach not criminal, review shows

Debra O’Connor reports:

State computer experts found no evidence of criminal activity when private student data was exposed on the website of a student loan program, according to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

“We did the big deep-dive security analysis and discovered, of all the log-ins to that site, there were only three that were unauthorized,” said communications director Sandy Connolly. An investigation showed that three students accidentally gained access to the information.

“We don’t have any evidence at all of any hacking,” Connolly said.

The office last week mailed letters to the 1,328 students who may have had their data viewed on the SELF student loan site, telling them how to protect their credit and how to get a copy of a report explaining the problem.

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