Alabama jobs database hacked; personal information may be at risk

Alabama jobs database hacked; personal information may be at risk
Alabama JobLink website (Source: JobLink.Alabama.Gov)
Alabama JobLink website (Source: JobLink.Alabama.Gov)

(WAFF) - A multi-state database used by the Alabama Department of Labor has been compromised. 

America's JobLink, a web-based system that links job seekers with employers, announced Wednesday that a hacker gained access to personal information connected to accounts across multiple states

Those states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont. 

Potential victims include anyone who used the JobLink.Alabama database which is promoted by the Alabama Department of Labor.

America's Job Link Alliance, the national service that runs the database, says an investigation is underway to determine how many accounts were accessed. 

The hacker would have had access to names, social security numbers and dates of birth. 

Any customer with an account will be contacted via email by the AJLA or Alabama Department of Labor with instructions on how to proceed. 

AJLA has determined the hacker accessed the data by creating a legitimate account in February, 2017. The hacker was then able to exploit a vulnerability in the site's code to gain "unauthorized access to certain information."

AJLA reports the vulnerability has since been eliminated. Accounts created after March 14th are not affected. 

You can contact the AJLA directly if you believe your account may have been compromised. 

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