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Breach Reported In Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Database

May 20, 2020

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A consulting company contracted by the state is investigating a data breach in the system launched last week to pay unemployment benefits to 1099 and self-employed workers.

A mass message was sent to applicants letting them know that their personal information was left unconcealed for a period of time. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Ohioans applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, were alerted that their names, social security numbers, and addresses were compromised for about an hour. About two dozen unemployment applicants had the ability to view that information.

 

The data breach was reported by Deloitte, which was contracted by the state to administer the PUA system.

 

Deloitte says it is investigating the matter and is offering credit monitoring services to all PUA applicants for a year.

 

The state says there is no evidence of widespread data breach.