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Post by Guest on Tue May 17, 2011 6:06 pm

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced today that the computer network for its unemployment system, including individual terminals at state-run career centers, were hit by a virus from “criminal hackers” last month.

The agency said the virus, identified as “W32.QAKBOT,” may have collected confidential job claimant or employer information from 1,500 state computers.


“It is possible that bank information of employers was also transmitted through the virus,” the agency said in a statement. “Only the 1,200 employers that manually file could be impacted by the possible data breach.”

The agency discovered the virus on April 20 and enlisted security provider Symantec to eliminate the problem.
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Post by Jobless_in_Ma on Tue May 17, 2011 6:10 pm

Geez wth. That's crazy, attacking unemployment site.

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Post by RookieCAF on Tue May 17, 2011 6:30 pm

That's crazy. Another thing to worry about Sad
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Post by Guest on Tue May 17, 2011 6:35 pm

thats scary!! affraid

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Post by Guest on Tue May 17, 2011 9:54 pm

That is very scary. I can't even imagine the manpower and cost to fix the system for such a large state agency. That happened to my computer on Friday and it took me two days to resolve the issue.

I hope they find the fiends that do this sort of thing. It is such a violation of privacy and a waste of time and money that could be used for beneficial things.

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Post by couth11 on Wed May 18, 2011 12:13 am

That's weird, Minnesota's was done at least until 1pm on Monday, and then it was touch & go. They didn't say anything about hacking, but they did say the problem affected everything, including the phones. Did any other states have similar problems?
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