- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A data breach has been discovered within the Oregon Employment Department and state technology experts are trying to determine how extensive it is and locate the source.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/CgaxFO ) that department spokesman Gerald Fahrenkopf says the affected database contains roughly 1.3 million users who have at some point turned to the state to help them find jobs. The agency plans to open a hotline starting Saturday to address people’s concerns.

The agency says an anonymous email that arrived Monday said the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System had been hacked. The system that unemployed Oregonians use to register for the state’s job search services stores personal information such as names, addresses and Social Security numbers.

Fahrenkopf says the agency was able to block access to those numbers the day it discovered the leak, but access to other information wasn’t shut off until the close of business Tuesday. The agency announced the breach on Friday.

Agency spokeswoman Andrea Fogue says the department worked first to secure the information, then to understand more about what happened and who was affected. She says the agency will offer free credit monitoring for people whose information was accessed.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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