1.9 Million People Affected by Breach on Michigan Unemployment Database
A data breach at Michigan’s Unemployment Database may have affected as many as 1.9 million Michigan residents. State officials have said names, social security numbers and other personal information may have been compromised.
A problem occurred during a software update on October 10, 2016. Due to a problem with the system, people’s names, wage information and Social Security numbers were available to employers and third-party payroll vendors who should not have had access. However, the information was not available to those applying for benefits or to the general public.
Officials did not discover this issue until January 30, and they blocked unauthorized access that same day.
There is no indication the information was used for malicious purposes. In addition, the State does not yet know how many people actually had personal information stolen, and will not have answers until the investigation is complete.
But unemployment recipients are not the only people at risk. Employers whose payroll is processed by any of the 31 third-party payroll vendors could also be affected.
“Data security is a top priority for the state of Michigan,” David Behen, Department of Technology, Management and Budget director and Michigan’s chief information officer, told The Detroit News. “We will work with our third-party vendors and our state team to review our processes and procedures to avoid incidents like this in the future.”