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Malware attack takes down Louisiana's unemployment claims website

The LWC said that it estimates the website will be restored within 72 hours, but some payments may be delayed.

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Workforce Commission says its HiRE website is offline on Wednesday after an attempted malware attack was discovered.

The website is used to file unemployment claims, job searches and other functions. The LWC said that the outage impacts nearly 11,000 residents who are currently filing continued claims for unemployment in the state.

The LWC said that Geographic Solutions, the company who operates the website, discovered the attempted attack and took action, impacting state labor exchanges and unemployment claims in as many as 40 states and Washington D.C.

The commission said that GSI reports that there was no data breach and personal information of HiRE users was not compromised.

The LWC said that it estimates the website will be restored within 72 hours, but some payments may be delayed.

The LWC said the outage will not prevent eligible claimants from getting unemployement insurance benefits. Weekly claims certifications can still be filed through an automated phone system 1-866-783-5567.

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