The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the Education Department announced on August 23 that it would offer free credit monitoring for nearly 32,000 student-loan applicants after personal information appeared on its web site. Education Department officials said that the security breach was the result of a software upgrade. The upgrade caused data to be mixed up when different applicants accessed the web site. Since the upgrade, 26 borrowers have complained. Terri Shaw, the department’s chief operating officer for federal student aid, said that the applicants involved are holders of direct student loans who used the web site between Sunday and Tuesday…