State: No personal data lost in cyberattack, but job-search site remains down

By: - July 12, 2022 9:41 am

The state of Iowa’s job-search website continues to remain inoperative, more than two weeks after the system fell victim to a cyberattack. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The state of Iowa’s job-search website remains inoperative, more than two weeks after the system fell victim to a cyberattack.

On June 26, the website went down due to an apparent cyberattack aimed at Geographic Solutions Inc., or GSI, the Florida-based company that maintains the site.  Because GSI serves almost two dozen states and the District of Columbia with their job-search sites, the impact of the cyberattack has been felt across the nation, in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and other states.

GSI president Paul Toomey has said the company’s initial investigation suggests no personal data was accessed or retrieved from its network operations center. Iowa Workforce Development spokesman Jesse Dougherty said the agency has found no evidence to suggest any “sensitive customer or end-user information” was affected.

According to IWD, the cyberattack has had no impact on the payment of unemployment benefits to Iowans, but has disrupted Iowans’ weekly submission of ongoing unemployment claims and impeded the job-search process for claimants.

The agency has said that in order to avoid any delays in processing unemployment benefits, it has implemented a method of bypassing the normal process of submitting claims.

Unemployed Iowans are advised go directly to to file their weekly benefit claims, and to report their work-search activities on the website once it’s back up and running properly. In the meantime, IWD has temporarily suspended the requirement for claimants to report their job-search activities to remain eligible for unemployment benefits

IWD hopes its website will be back up in the near future, but currently there is “no firm timetable for restoring to public use,” Dougherty said.

“Again, no Iowa unemployment benefits have been delayed because of this problem,” he added. “In terms of job searches, we have been encouraging Iowans to use the National Labor Exchange,, during the time is down. Our local IowaWORKS offices remain open, where career planners can still provide one-on-one assistance, such as help with employment applications, resumes, and mock interviews.”

Dougherty said IWD is “currently working with the vendor to get the site back up and running and ensure that it is secure.”

Individuals with questions or concerns about their claims or benefits can contact the IWD customer service line at [email protected] or 1-866-239-0843.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing.