The Maryland Department of Labor announced that a security flaw in its databases may have exposed the sensitive and personal data of around 78,000 people. The agency commented that the breach occurred earlier this year after nine employees fell victim to what cybersecurity experts call a phishing attack.
This practice is similar to what happened last month when a data breach in Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) compromised the personal data of over half a million people.
The latest event caused Maryland’s Department of Information Technology to conduct an investigation, which later confirmed its suspicions. According to experts, the compromised information was being stored on a legacy database and included sensitive data such as names, Social Security numbers, and residence information.