Job-Hunters Close to 1.4m in Illinois Possible Victims of Data Hack


The Office of Illinois Governor reports of approximately 1.4m job-hunters within the state may've been victims of hack because someone compromised their personal data after hacking into one vendor of recruitment security agency set up for the state.


Possibly, the hacker gained admission into the names, dates-of-birth and Social Security Numbers of job-hunters from database of the vendor. According to the administration under Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Department of Employment Security informed General Assembly of the state regarding the hack. posted this, March 24, 2017.


Numerous people have been affected those who had a connection with the Illinois Department of Employment Security. According to officials, the data breach possibly affected ten states. So besides Illinois, other sates to be impacted are Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, Kansas, Idaho, Delaware, Vermont, Oklahoma and Maine.


US' Job Link -Technical Support is the vendor that became aware of the breach 14th March. According to authorities of Illinois, the breach didn't occur because of lack of effective security software with the state. An Illinois technical team jointly with the vendor and agency is working on the incident. Illinois Department of Employment Security has begun issuing notices to the impacted people. Cyber-crime in the Illinois state is a clear threat while it endangers the public prompting the administration to keep on making efforts to exercise an all-inclusive cyber-security program.


The Illinois Employment Security Department's spokesperson Bob Gough says the number of affected people is around 1.2-1.4m those who've been recipients of unemployment doles. The agency's system has all those people's information that has got exposed. However, the exposure means no other job-hunter will enroll his name with the agency, Gough elaborates.


Also according to him, the hacker infiltrated certain system -USA's JobLink Alliance which Illinois uses for its state's citizens. From there, the offender reached for the job-hunters' database of names, birth dates and SSNs.


According to Kansas City, Missouri FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton, JobLink Alliance got in touch with federal officials with the bureau helping the company in the matter.


Gough gives a number 844-469-3939 for anybody who is anxious to know more about the data hack to dial it.

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