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Data Breach Exposes 1.6 Million Jobless Claims Filed in the Washington State

The Office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) on Monday said it’s investigating a security incident that resulted in the compromise of personal information of more than 1.6 million people who filed for unemployment claims in the state in 2020.

The SAO blamed the breach on a software vulnerability in Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance (FTA) service, which allows organizations to share sensitive documents with users outside their organization securely.

“During the week of January 25, 2021, Accellion confirmed that an unauthorized person gained access to SAO files by exploiting a vulnerability in Accellion’s file transfer service,” the SAO said in a statement.

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