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Receiving notifications about 1.3 million Washingtonians affected by unemployment data breaches

If you filed for unemployment in Washington last year, be sure to check your inbox in the coming weeks.

The office of state auditor Pat McCarthy plans to send personalized notices to approximately 1.3 million people whose personal data were leaked as a result of a massive data breach revealed this month.

The notices will be emailed over the next two weeks և will include information on personal theft protection և a personal password for one year of free credit monitoring, the audit office said in a statement on Thursday.

In an email to state lawmakers, McCarty advised people to check their inboxes and junk mail over the next two weeks, saying all notifications should arrive by March 9.

The data breach, the result of a vulnerability in the file transfer service sold by California-based technology company Accellion, revealed detailed personal information in unemployment claims, including names, social security numbers, dates of birth, street email. Email addresses և bank account information.

This type of information is often sold by hackers to cybercriminals who can use it to steal identities and create other financial headaches for victims.

The data from the state auditor was collected to investigate what went wrong last year when the State Employment Security Department lost hundreds of millions of dollars due to false unemployment claims.

The company said that the Accellion system was compromised in December. In addition to data from the state of Washington, a number of companies and institutions have been exposed to the files, including the Kroger Food Network, the University of Colorado, and the Ons Day Law Office.

In Washington, DC, there have already been numerous lawsuits against Accellion in California for data breaches, one of which he calls the Office of the Auditor.

Violations are being investigated by the auditor’s office as well as state and federal law enforcement.

For more information on the violation response և visit www.sao.wa.gov/breach2021/

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