850K Compromised at Oregon Employment Department

The Oregon Employment Department is notifying over 850,000 people regarding a system vulnerability that may have compromised their information.


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The department received a tip that its WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS) was vulnerable and took the system offline last week.

Names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers are among the details believed to be compromised, among other details usually included on a job application. No financial information was affected.

A spokesperson from the Department of Administrative Services said the system was now secure. “Now it’s just a matter of trying to identify whose information was accessed and what,” he said.

In a letter dated October 10, the Oregon government’s website said its first priority was securing information and an investigation into who was responsible will follow but it’s not clear if it was the act of a criminal.

“The second priority is to determine exactly whose information has been compromised and to initiate a criminal investigation. We do not know if criminal activity has taken place. At the direction of Governor Kitzhaber, law enforcement has been contacted. OED will directly notify all customers who are WOMIS participants.”

851, 322 people have been affected by the incident with 1.9 million people on the system in total. The department has since launched a hotline for concerned people to contact.