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Massachusetts Gov't Agency Hacked

DATA LOSS—U.S.

May 18, 2011

Hackers installed a virus that corrupted about 1,500 computers in the Massachusetts unemployment system, compromising the personal data of as many as 210,000 out-of-work residents of the state, reports The Boston Herald. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development first detected the virus on April 20, and while it immediately took steps to wipe out the virus, the agency announced on Monday that it was "not remediated as originally believed and that the persistence of the virus resulted in a data breach." The office will send notification letters to everyone it serves and is urging residents served by the office to put a fraud alert on their credit reports.
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