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Hackers may have stolen Arizona jobseekers’ personal information

Mar 27, 2017, 7:19 AM | Updated: 11:38 am
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PHOENIX — Hackers may have stolen personal information of Arizonans who use an online job search database, a state agency said.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security announced the recent breach of the state site operated by America’s JobLink late last week. The web-based system links jobseekers with employers.

DES’ Friday announcement came two days after other states announced the breach. There was no estimate as to the number of potentially compromised accounts.

The state agency posted a message on its homepage alerting site users to the hack that names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers had been compromised Feb. 20 through March 14.

America’s JobLink’s website said it discovered “malicious activity” March 12, explaining the delayed announcement:

Before releasing a public announcement, however, it was important that AJLA–TS identify the misconfiguration and eliminate it from the system. The forensic firm’s analysis required the review of a significant amount of system data.

Delaware officials believed personal information from about 200,000 accounts was potentially stolen in that state. Delaware has less than a million residents compared with Arizona’s 7.6 million.

DES Director Henry Darwin said America’s JobLink would notify affected users by email.

Other states affected included Idaho, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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