Data breach exposes 1.6 million Washington state residents who filed unemployment claims in 2020
Posted February 1, 2021
- 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