850,000 Job seekers from Oregon at risk of data theft

News emerge of another hack taking place, this time in Oregon, USA. The system in question is Oregon Employment Department’s WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS).

This system is in short, a database for job seekers. Potential candidates share personal information on the site, information that might help them secure a job. This information has apparently been breached.

An anonymous tip was sent to the organization notifying them of a security vulnerability in the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS).  As per the reports available, the data that may be compromised includes names, addresses and Social Security Numbers.

The department has not yet provided information on the number of records compromised, nor the full scope of the breach if other systems may have been affected.

In an internal document, the organization stated that the vulnerable system was taken down on Monday to patch the vulnerability in the WOMIS application.

The system is now back up, as the department also stated additional measures were taken to “reinforce the WOMIS system.”

The OED has engaged with law enforcement to determine whether criminal activity has occurred, with additional investigations still under way.

Around 1.9 million people are registered on WOMIS service and the people affected amounts to 850,000.  If you are registered on WOMIS kindly verify that your personal information is not being misused in anyway.



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