Hackers access millions of Social Security numbers, 10 states affected
A security breach in the Kansas Department of Commerce has exposed millions of Social Security numbers from people across 10 states to hackers. Many other accounts were also attacked.
Identifying information of millions of people in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont are in the hands of hackers, according to an open records request by a collaboration of sources through the Kansas News Company.
The open records request was made by the Kansas News Service on May 24, and Wednesday, the commerce department fulfilled the request.
Specifically, the hacked data was from websites that help people find jobs, such as KansasWorks.com. At the time of the breach, Kansas had been holding data from 16 states, but not every state had their information exposed.
Suspicious activity was first discovered by America’s Job Link Alliance-TS, which is the commerce department division that operates the system. By March 14, it was isolated and the FBI was notified the next day, according to testimony from agency officials to the legislature earlier this year.