Message from Auditor McCarthy on Data Breach –


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Washington State Auditor Pat released the following message regarding a data breach at a third-party service provider:

As you may be aware, the Office of the Washington State Auditor experienced a data breach involving a third-party service provider, Accellion. We use this provider to transmit data files in our audits.

Accellion had a security incident in December, and announced it in January. Upon investigation, we learned the incident allowed unauthorized access to audit records stored temporarily in Accellion’s system during the file transfer process.

This news is unwelcome at any time, but especially during this year of so many stressors. I am truly sorry to share this news, and I am committed to doing everything we can to mitigate the harm caused by this crime.

Thank you for your continuing service to Washingtonians. You will find below our weekly list of selected items we hope will help you serve your constituents.

Pat McCarthy

Washington State Auditor

Here are some questions and answers about the breach:

 ‘About the Accellion data security breach’ webpage

This webpage,, guides you through the event and response. The page includes information on what you can do if you are concerned you are affected, facts about the incident, what SAO is doing about it and other resources.

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