Comment: It appears Oracle powered passport database is on the fritz, if one needs a password in a hurry they will have to wait.
According to the Associated Press and other news outlets, the State Department's visa and passport database, built with Oracle database technology, has been malfunctioning since July 19, leaving many travelers around the world unable to obtain travel documents.
FCW.com reports that the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs has been experiencing "technical problems" and "significant performance issues, including outages" since last Saturday. With the database offline, the State Department is unable to issue visas, passports, or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and many U.S. travelers may be unable to enter or leave the country.
InforWorld/ Full Read Here/ http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/oracle-powered-passport-database-the-fritz-247039
On the "fritz" or hacked? Or could it be intentional for other purposes?
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Comment: Outdated software compromised our security.
By Martyn Williams | IDG News Service
Recovery efforts are being hampered by 'outdated software and hardware,' a government spokeswoman said.
Computer problems with the U.S. State Department's system for issuing passports and visas may have affected up to 200,000 people, it emerged Thursday, as the scale of the problem became clear for the first time.
The problems began July 20 when engineers from Oracle and Microsoft applied a software patch to the State Department's Consular Consolidated Database, which handles millions of passport and visa applications in the U.S. and at its embassies and consulates around the globe.
InfoWorld/ Full Article Here/ http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-management/almost-200000-people-may-have-been-affected-us-visa-syste...