From the Washington Post.
The personal information of almost 100,000 people seeking their high
school transcripts was recently exposed on a Web site that helps
students obtain their records.
The site, NeedMyTranscript.com,
facilitates requests from all 50 states and covers more than 18,000 high
schools around the country, according to its Web site and company chief
The data included names, addresses, e-mail
addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, mothers' maiden names and the
last four digits of the users' Social Security numbers. Although there
is no evidence the data were stolen, privacy advocates say
the availability of such basic personal information heightens the risk
of identity theft.
The availability of the data appears to be the result of a flaw in
the way the two-year-old site was designed. It highlights how easily
sensitive personal information can be exposed with the proliferation of
online businesses and services - many of which do not employ adequate