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Uncertain unemployment payments as nine-state web host hacked | Company


Residents of some states may not receive their next unemployment checks on time because a vendor cyberattack shut down their websites.

The states all do business with Florida-based Geographic Solutions. The company did not post any information on its social media pages regarding the cyberattack. A warning page appears when you try to access the company’s web page.

Up to 40 states and Washington, DC could be affected, according to a press release from the Louisiana Workforce Commission. No personal data was exposed, according to state officials on site. But some state residents may receive their unemployment check late because Louisiana’s HIRE website is down, they said.

“The HiRE website is used for filing unemployment claims, job searches and other functions,” Louisiana officials said in a news release. “This outage is impacting the approximately 11,000 people who are currently filing unemployment claims in Louisiana.”

Tennessee Department of Labor and Manpower officials said they could not access the data to process unemployment claims.

“The Department will distribute benefits as soon as possible, at this time there is no timeline as to when this will occur,” the department said in a news release. “Once the system is operational, claimants can complete their certifications for any missed weeks, and they will receive a lump sum for any late payment.”

CalJOBS, a state-run virtual job-finding center, is also down, according to the California Department of Employment Development.

“In response, EDD has temporarily waived the CalJOBS registration and resume upload requirement for Unemployment Insurance recipients,” the department said in a news release. “California people are still required to be looking for work to be eligible for unemployment benefits.” The outage only affected the job application site in some states. Other states that have reported issues include North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska and Florida.

The outage began on Sunday and no timeframe was given for when the websites could be back online.