Cybercriminals Now Targeting Unemployment Benefit Claims

Cybercriminals Now Targeting Unemployment Benefit Claims

Channel Futures | February 5, 2021 – More than 1 million Washington residents who filed for unemployment had their personal information stolen.

This week, news broke that about 1.4 million Washington state residents who filed unemployment benefit claims had their personal information stolen – including Social Security numbers (SSNs), driver’s license numbers, bank account numbers and employment information. It’s never been more important for government agencies to increase the protection of their programs and their users.

“The Canadian Revenue Agency had several issues earlier this year due to COVID-19-related benefit administration,” says Justin Fox, NuData’s Director of Software Engineer. “There was also the SolarWinds hack, which is a third-party solution [for] many organizations that mirrors the traits in this breach.”

COVID-19 benefits are proving more alluring for cybercriminals, Fox said.

“Basic security hygiene is a key prevention tactic for most breaches, but was not the focus in this breach,” they said. “Compliance with enterprise standards like NIST 800-53 would be beneficial. Ensuring vendors are compliant would help for this specific breach.”

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