PFD application page shuts down after data leak

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The application page for the Permanent Fund Dividend has been shut down after multiple filers reported that the website displayed filing information for other people including dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and other contact information.

According to the State of Alaska PFD Director, Anne Weske, the application was pulled off the website Tuesday morning. The Alaska Department of Revenue says it will not reopen the Permanent Fund Dividend application website until the integrity of filer information can be guaranteed, according to a statement from the department Tuesday night.

It reads in part, "The online security of all Alaskans continues to be our number one priority. We sincerely apologize to all Alaskans for the technical problems and want Alaskans to know we are working as quickly as possible to correct today's complications and will have the application live once we are confident these issues are resolved."