1.4 million Illinoisans affected by security data breach

1.4 million Illinoisans affected by security data breach

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly of confirmation that one of its vendors experienced a data breach affecting approximately 1.4 million Illinois job seekers, according to the vendor's current estimate.

The vulnerability was not the result of any deficiency in software maintained by the State of Illinois and may have impacted ten states.

"The threat of cyber-crime is a clear and present danger to the citizens of Illinois and our administration will continue pressing forward with a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy," Eleni Demertzis, Spokeswoman for Governor Rauner.  "We implore Comptroller Mendoza to reevaluate her decision to hold up funding for this important project, which everyday puts the people of Illinois at risk."

In the letter IDES wrote:

On March 14, 2017, America's Job Link Alliance - Technical Support (AJLA-TS)learned that a malicious third party "hacker" had exploited vulnerability in the AJL application code that could have permitted the hacker access to the names, social security numbers and dates of birth of job seekers in the AJL systems of ten states, including Illinois. At present, AJLA has no reason to believe that anyone other than the individual hacker exploited the vulnerability. It was not clear whether the vulnerability resulted in actual unauthorized access to any data until AJLA communicated on March 22, 2017 its belief that a breach appeared to have occurred…

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