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Feb. 7—A data breach at the State Auditor’s Office has compounded the mess that has been
It likely will take months to decipher the breadth and the impact of the breach, but residents should take cautionary measures and lawmakers should demand accountability.
The breach occurred as the office of Auditor
The auditor’s office demanded claims information from ESD, and in December a vulnerability in a computer file-transfer service allowed unknown people to access the data.
“I know this is one more worry for Washingtonians who have already faced unemployment in a year scarred by both job loss and a pandemic,” McCarthy said. “I am sorry to share this news and add to their burdens.”
As state officials sort out the mess, the first concern is how residents can protect themselves. For now, officials recommend:
—Obtaining a free credit report at annualcreditreport.com;
—Considering placing a fraud alert on your credit report;
—Reviewing financial account statements and reporting any suspicious activity to your bank or credit union;
—And reporting suspected identity theft to the state
That is little consolation for those who might have their identities stolen because of the breach. And lawmakers must get involved to investigate the incident and employ preventive measures in the future.
Legislators from both parties have questioned why the auditor’s office needed personal details as part of its investigation. As state Rep.
McCarthy also must face difficult questions. She was elected to a second term in November, and as a statewide elected official she operates independently of the governor’s office. She will be up for reelection in 2024.
McCarthy has defended her office’s actions, blaming the breach on software from
While the details will take some time to sort out, state officials must do all they can to restore public confidence. They should offer free credit monitoring — as Equifax did following a massive 2017 data breach — and additional protections. The auditor’s website says the office “will make resources available to help each affected individual take measures to protect their identity,” but no specifics have been provided.
The impact of the breach and the threat to
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