Arkansas unemployment system shut down due to data breach; state passes 4,500 cases

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas unemployment system centered around the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down after a data breach of secure information.

The system data breach was caused by applicant who illegally accessed the system, according to Hutchinson.

A probe will determine whether any personal data from applicants was obtained. If any individuals had their data compromised, they will be notified and steps will be taken to address the situation, including possible credit monitoring. Nearly 30,000 people have applied to the program.

More than 100 people are working now to fix and continue processing applicants to get people money, according to Gov. Hutchinson. An investigation is ongoing into the data breach, and the unemployment website will be up and running once secure.

State leaders were advised of the potential security incident ahead of a news briefing Saturday.

Arkansas health officials reported 115 new cases Saturday, but no deaths for a second straight day. These are the latest reported numbers:

-4,578 cases in the state (115 new)
-65 hospitalizations
-98 reported deaths
-1,008 active cases
-3,472 recoveries

Watch the latest update from Gov. Hutchinson and Arkansas state leaders in the stream below: