UPDATE: Users report online PFD application unavailable again

The red maintenance message was put up following a data leak at the PFD website.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - 11 a.m. Update:

Despite the online application seeing users successfully apply for their PFDs, some people are still having difficulty, and a message on the PFD website says the myPFD section is unavailable.

A message in that area reads: MYPFD OUTAGE myPFD is unavailable at this time.

The rolling application total located on the website has grown from 4,400 people earlier this morning, to around 8,300 as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A technician with the PFD office said that online application "is currently up," but would not answer other questions regarding users reporting problems.

One viewer told Channel 2 that, upon trying to apply, the website returned a message saying it was under maintenance.

KTUU has reached out to the PFD office for comment on the current status and these user issues, as well as what was discovered by the IT team's investigation, and how this data was unsecured. As of this filing, PFD officials have not returned calls.

Original Story:

Earlier this month, a bug in the online application pages at the Alaska Permanent Find Divident Division led to the exposure of personal information of those applying early for their PFDs.

Following this discovery on Jan. 2, the online application site was taken down. Now, it's back up, and thousands have already applied.

According to the PFD website, over 4,400 people have applied for their checks, despite the exposure that happened earlier in the month.

According to Department of Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman, it's not clear if the problem is an internal software error or whether any type of external breach took place, but the Alaska Permanent Fund Division and the state's Office of Information Technology are now working hand in hand to get to the bottom of the data breach.

KTUU has reached out to the PFD office for comment on what was discovered by the IT team's investigation, and how this data was unsecured.

The 2019 PFD filing period runs Jan. 1 through March 31.



 
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