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Dem Reps. Crossman, Sobecki call for cybersecurity investigation as some personal unemployment accounts reportedly hacked

Will soon introduce legislation to investigate account breaches, provide credit monitoring for affected Ohioans
September 8, 2021
Democratic Newsroom

COLUMBUS— Reps. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) and Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today announced that they will soon introduce legislation to address the hacking in the state’s unemployment system that has compromised personal information and resulted in untold thousands of dollars stolen from deserving recipients. The legislation would urge Gov. DeWine to activate the Ohio Cyber Reserve to investigate reported hacking in the state’s unemployment compensation network. Thus far, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) has refused to acknowledge a hack and has instead referred to those incidents as “account takeovers.”

“The first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one,” said Rep. Crossman. “While ODJFS refuses to admit to hacking, we’ve heard directly from constituents who clearly have been impacted. Lying about the problem only emboldens the thieves, and fails to address the core issue—ODJFS’s cybersecurity is garbage.” 

“We have a serious problem in Ohio with the security of our Unemployment System, and the governor and Director of ODJFS are not doing enough to address the problem,” said Rep. Sobecki. “There are numerous questions unanswered, and Ohioans deserve the truth.”

The legislation would also require a state agency, in the event of a breach of its systems, to pay for credit monitoring for anyone whose personal information was compromised and inform them of how to obtain the credit monitoring, as well as require state agencies to engage in periodic “cyber audits” to assess risk and security levels.