SC scholarship database exposed on commission's website

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) - A scholarship database maintained by the SC Commission on High Education (SCCHE) was exposed according to the commission.

They say the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship database exposure was discovered last week and they stopped it immediately. 

They say the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and state and private information security experts are working with SCCHE to ensure the information isn'tisn't subject to any further unauthorized exposure.

Investigators haven't found any evidence that there was malicious intent or that the data exposed has been used for identity theft or any other crime, according to SCCHE.

The database contained personal information including names, home addresses and social number which is labeled in the database as a student identification number.

The data was supposed to be only accessible on the commission's website by authorized users, but the database became viewable without the credentials.

The data was viewable without credentials from May 26, 2017 until it was discovered last week, according to SCCHE.

The commission has apologized and says there is no evidence that the information has been used in a malicious way. 

They say they are notifiing students out of an abundance of caution and to be transparent.

You can contact the SC Dept. of Consumer affairs at 1-800-922-1594 or visit their website for tips on protecting your self from identify theft.

If you have any questions for SCCHE you can contact them at 803-737-2260 or visit their website.


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