Virus Causes Data Breach at Massachusetts Unemployment Agency
eWeek, By Fahmida Y. Rashid
Cyber-criminals may have used malware to steal personal
information from the Massachusetts unemployment offices, according to the state
As many as 1,500 computers in the Departments of
Unemployment Assistance and Career Services were infected with a virus
beginning April 20, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce
Development said on May 17. Computers in the mobile One Stop Career Centers
that work with claimants were also infected.
Even though EOLWD immediately worked with Symantec to remove
the malware, W32.QAKBOT, it learned on May 16 that the infection hadn’t been
“remediated as originally believed,” leading to a data breach...
“These days, whenever I hear of a big corporate infection
that’s very hard to get rid of and people are struggling, I immediately think
of Qakbot,” Roel Schouwenberg, an antivirus researcher at Kaspersky Lab, told WBUR, a
Boston NPR radio station.