A hacking incident that occurred on March 12 and March 13 compromised more than 170,000 job-seeker accounts, as reported by Idaho Statesman. The accounts in question, active and past, are a part of a much larger group of 530,000 accounts registered with Idaho Department of Labor.
The system under the attack, America’s Job Link, is a Kansas-based and connects multiple states that operate the department’s IdahoWorks job search engine.
The compromised information include dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and names of some of the America’s Job Link customers. This hack potentially compromised the job search services provided by this system connect up to ten states, and a total of 4.8 million accounts.
Among the states that use the America’s Job Link is Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, as well as Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma, and Vermont.
Law enforcement teams were hired to look into this incident. They have estimated that 170,000 Idaho-based accounts have been viewed, but the flaw that allowed this breach has already been eliminated. That said, they claim that the accounts that were created after the incident are not in any danger and have not been affected by the attack.
The news release states that the Department of Labor is sending both emails and regular mail in order to notify the IdahoWorks customers directly.
A call center has been set up by America’s Job Alliance that is toll-free and will answer any questions from its customers. Updated information and the number of the call center will be available online at labor.idaho.gov/security.
The links with instructions on how to protect yourself from identity thefts are also being added to said website.