Washington Unemployment Hack: In the hack of software used by the state auditor’s office, personal unemployment reports that data of at least 1.4 million Washingtonians could have been compromised, raising concerns about identity theft and fraud in the midst of an already grim pandemic downturn. During the December infringement of Accellion, a software provider used by the auditor’s office to migrate large data files, State Auditor Pat McCarthy said on Monday that documents, including Social Security numbers and banking details, had been disclosed. As part of the auditor’s inquiries into how the State Employment Protection Department (ESD) lost $600 million to false unemployment allegations, the leaked data was gathered in a head-slapping irony.
A spokeswoman for Accellion told The Times that a 20-year-old “legacy product” was involved in the violation, which the company encouraged clients to stop using.
Washington Unemployment Hack
According to Accellion Chief Marketing Officer Joel York, Accellion was allegedly urging customers to switch to a newer product, which the auditor’s office did after the data breach. SAO said it works closely with officials in state cybersecurity, law enforcement, the Department of Job Security, the Department of Children, Youth and Families, and legal counsel. For those who are worried about potential identity fraud, the department has a web page dedicated to the incident with more detail.