Actually, access to those databases can prove quite useful for a social engineer. I strongly recommend reading "The Art of Deception" for a very strong dose of security wakeup call. There were some examples in there that were mind blowing.
Just websites you say... Oh, it's just the Department of Defence... Nothing important.
i'm aware that it shouldnt be possible to get such personal information.
but in comparison of die hard 4 it isnt as important, they cant take all your money away and such... (i agree they can try to scam you, but you have to be careful about that all the time)
and about the scholarships: they did that my country once (direct access...) and they got found out rather quickly