Dec 2, 2014 5:49 PM

Thousands of names, social security numbers of people getting unemployment in NH leaked

CONCORD - A security breach at the State Employment Department compromised the personal information of 2,700 unemployed people. The department said an internal computer error caused the issue.

The compromised information included names, social security numbers, and the amount of benefits they claimed in the prior month. It was all mistakenly shared with employers.

Department of Employment Security Deputy Commissioner Rich Lavers said, "We have about 44,000 employers in the state of New Hampshire. This incident involved about 1,100 employers, so a small percentage of our total employer population. Still it's a number that's unacceptable for the department considering our system, which we are charged with implementing is based on confidentiality."

The Employment Department claimed it has assessed the risk of identity theft as low, and it has taken steps to make sure this type of computer error doesn't happen again.


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