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Obvious cyberattacks disrupt unemployment benefits in multiple states

(CNN)Thousands of states this week with an apparent cyberattack on Florida-based IT provider Geographic Solutions The unemployment of people and the interests of the labor force have collapsed. And Washington DC. According to a statement from the State Labor Department,

in Tennessee and Nebraska, where about 12,000 people depend on the program,unemployment payments are delayed. In Washington, a power outage preventedand residentsfrom submitting new paid family vacation requests or searching for jobs using tools provided by Geographic Solutions. ..
In a statement, Geographic Solutions described "abnormal activity" in its computer network, but did not identify the cause. The Nebraska Ministry of Laborcalled it a "cyber attack."

After discovering the activity, Geographic Solutions "immediately took some systems offline to stop the activity," the statement said.

"We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause and scope of the incident with the help of third-party experts," said Geographic Solutions. "The investigation is still underway and we are taking steps to prevent it from happening again. The current focus is to take care of our customers and restore all systems 24 hours a day."

Geographic Solutions did not respond to email questions about whether ransomware was involved in the incident and how long it is expected to recover. According to the company's Facebook page, it sells labor-related software products to more than 30 states and territories and local governments in the United States. The company's website was down as of Friday night.

The incident arose as the Federal Reserve attempted to curb historically high inflationby raisinginterest rates. Some analysts predict that this move could lead to a recession next year.

CNN is seeking comment from the US Department of Labor on obvious cyber attacks that impede geographic solutions.

As of Friday night, Nebraska's unemployment benefit system was still offline, Nebraska Labor Ministry spokesperson Grace Johnson told CNN. “Vendors are actively working to bring the system back online,” Johnson said.

This incident highlights that interruptions at a single software provider can have spillover effects nationwide.

US officials have repeatedly warned that cyber criminals could attack on long vacation weekends, where the IT team may be absent.

A year ago, a ransomware attackagainst another Florida-based IT vendor, Kaseya, infected up to 1,500 companies around the world.