Idaho Labor Department Hacked, Affected Parties Notified

About 170,000 of the 530,000 accounts on IdahoWorks were affected March 12-13.

by The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho / March 27, 2017

(TNS) — TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Nearly a third of job-seeker accounts with the Idaho Department of Labor’s search engine have been compromised by hacking, the department reported Wednesday.

About 170,000 of the 530,000 accounts on IdahoWorks were affected March 12-13 when hackers breached America’s Job Link, a Kansas-based, multi-state system that operates the IdahoWorks job search engine.

The Department of Labor is sending direct notification, via email or regular mail, to customers whose accounts may have been compromised.

The breach means information such as customers’ names, Social Security numbers and birth dates may have been accessed. Anyone whose account may have been viewed should place a “fraud alert” on credit reports and notify law enforcement of any suspicious activity.

America’s Job Link serves 10 states’ job search engines, and 4.8 million accounts are believed to be affected in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont.

The matter is under criminal investigation and the vulnerability that allowed the unauthorized access has been eliminated. Idaho accounts created on and after March 14 were not affected.

For information on protecting yourself from identity theft, and a phone number you can call for information, visit labor.idaho.gov/security.

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