Personal Info of 3K South Carolina Scholarship Recipients Posted Online

A state agency is telling 3,000 college scholarship recipients in South Carolina that their personal information was posted online for 10 months.

The Commission on Higher Education sent a letter to students who earned Palmetto Fellows scholarships, saying their names, addresses and Social Security numbers were posted in May 2017 when the agency switched programs.

The letter says a student found the information during a web search. It is only supposed to be available to colleges.

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The commission says fewer than five people tried to access the page. The agency apologized in the letter sent Sunday.

The breach pales in comparison to a 2012 hacking of the state Revenue Department, where the data of more than 6 million South Carolina taxpayers and businesses was stolen.

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