Data breach exposes 1.6 million Washington state residents who filed unemployment claims in 2020

Data breach exposes 1.6 million Washington state residents who filed unemployment claims in 2020

Posted February 1, 2021

Data breach exposes 1.6 million Washington state residents who filed unemployment claims in 2020

  • State Auditor Pat McCarthy’s office blamed the breach on a third party software provider named Accellion, whose services are used to transmit computer files.
  • The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) said the incident happened on Dec. 25 when unauthorized access to numerous files held on the service provider’s system occurred.
  • A representative for Accellion told The Times that the breach involved a 20-year-old “legacy product” which the company has been encouraging customers to stop using. Accellion had reportedly been encouraging users to upgrade to a newer product, which the auditor’s office did after the data breach, according to Accellion.

GeekWire – Kurt Schlosser | February 1, 2021