Expert Commentary: Data Breach In State’s New PUA Unemployment System Exposes Some Claimants’ Personal Info

By   Information Security Buzz Editorial Staff
Chief Editor , Information Security Buzz | May 18, 2020 11:46 pm PST

A data breach for the Illinois’ new system to process unemployment claims for contractors and gig workers exposed personal information for potentially thousands of people, but state officials said the error was fixed within an hour of learning of the issue. The Illinois Department of Employment Security confirmed one person who has filed claim for benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was able to access personal information for “a limited number of claimants” on Friday. Illinois State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said a constituent in her district made her aware of the data breach, after inadvertently accessing a spreadsheet with names and personal information for thousands of unemployment applicants. IDES said the problem was fixed within an hour of being notified.