Washington State Auditor Data Breach Investigation

02.02.2021

Girard Sharp attorneys are investigating reports of a data breach that occurred at the Office of the Washington State Auditor. The breach reportedly involves Accellion, a third-party provider of hosted file transfers. Accellion has confirmed unauthorized access to auditor’s files relating to Washington State residents who filed unemployment insurance claims in 2020.

The breach is reported to have potentially exposed the personal information of at least 1 million people. The exposed data may include names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, bank information, and place of employment.

Did you file for unemployment insurance and/or benefits in Washington? If so, you may have a claim for relief.

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More Information on the Washington State Auditor’s Data Breach 

Washington’s Employment Security Department initially collected the compromised files as part of an investigation into an unemployment fraud incident targeting the state last year. The state of Washington reportedly learned of the breach on January 12, after Accellion, a third-party software vendor for the state Auditor’s Office, announced a security breach. Accellion claims that it notified customers on December 23.

Those whose personal information was most likely exposed by the attack are people who filed for unemployment benefits between January 1 and December 10, 2020. Both state workers and people who had fake unemployment claims submitted on their behalf could have had their data compromised. Information potentially exposed by the breach includes unemployment compensation claim information,  including name, social security number, and/or driver’s license or state identification number, bank account number and bank routing number, and place of employment. Other potentially compromised personal information includes information held by the Department of Children, Youth and Families, and non-personal financial and other data from roughly 100 local governments and 25 other state agencies.

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