Access Group Education Lending says in a letter to those affected that the data breach happened on March 23 when one of its vendors sent out files -- including borrowers' names, driver's license numbers and Social Security numbers -- to another business. MINNEAPOLIS -- A student loan services company has notified 16,500 borrowers that files containing personal data were released to a business that wasn't authorized to receive them. Access Group Education Lending says in a letter to those affected that the data breach happened on March 23 when one of its vendors sent out files -- including borrowers' names, driver's license numbers and Social Security numbers -- to another business. Access Group told borrowers it learned of the release on March 28 and it was assured that the vendor who received the files deleted them and didn't retain copies. In a statement Friday, Access Group said that exposure of any personal information was limited.
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access Pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two Native American tribes that oppose the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline want a federal judge to reject an effort by the project's developer to get permission to finish the disputed four-state pipeline.
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, protesters demonstrating against the expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline wade in cold creek waters confront local police near Cannon Ball, N.D. Industry officials say protests like the one involving the disputed pipeline may be commonplace in the future. The recently completed $3.8 billion pipeline that's opposed by American Indian tribes and others was discussed Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at an annual oil industry conference in Bismarck with a panel dissecting what was learned from the nearly year-long struggle over building it in North Dakota.