DEED’s jobs website for unemployed Minnesotans hacked

The state’s interactive jobs board was hacked this week, prompting Minnesota’s employment officials to warn job seekers their personal information may have been obtained by unauthorized users.

It is not clear how many people had their information hacked.

In a note to job seekers this week, state officials confirmed receiving reports of “suspicious communications” from individuals claiming to be representatives of an approved employer on the state’s website.

When the state contacted the employer, it confirmed that the individual or individuals were not employees.

There are no signs the stolen information has been misused to date, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) officials said.

“A recent data security incident may have resulted in unauthorized access of jobseekers’ contact information such as physical addresses, email addresses and phone numbers,” they said in a statement.

DEED said it immediately revoked the hacker’s access to the website and notified an undisclosed number of job seekers about the incident. DEED also issued advice on what steps website users could take to protect their personal information and prevent identity theft.

In its letter to people who use the website to apply for jobs, DEED said the hackers might ask for additional private information and advised that people not respond to those communications.

“If you receive any suspicious request for private information about yourself, please remain careful about what information you share,” the letter said.

People affected by the data breach or who have questions can contact the state at [email protected].

Those impacted by the data breach are also instructed to regularly check their credit reports, which are kept by the three consumer-credit reporting agencies. Copies may be obtained by contacting or by calling 1-877-322-8228.

DEED suggested job seekers look for any unfamiliar transactions or accounts on the reports. Oddities or violations can be reported by calling the phone number listed on the credit report or by contacting the Federal Trade Commission at

DEED said it is working to improve how it verifies employer representatives on and is working on security technology upgrades and other precautions “to prevent

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How my broken elbow manufactured the ableism of laptop programming particular

Amy J. Ko portrait.

Amy Ko produced the personal computer programming language Wordplay to equalize the participating in subject for would-be coders.Credit: Doug Parry

I experienced quite a few interesting programs for the close of my sabbatical calendar year. Breaking my elbow wasn’t among them. All of a sudden, all of my get the job done as a computing and data-science professor — writing, and especially programming — had to be accomplished with just one hand or by voice. It was a suffering. At the identical time, it presented a solid reminder of why I do what I do — researching our personal and collective wrestle to recognize computing and harness it for enjoy, electricity, equity and justice — and accelerated my desire to develop a actually obtainable programming language.

Laptop programming has never been uncomplicated. The cryptic documentation, the obscure syntax and the puzzling error messages are all issues we just appear to be to tolerate. But becoming not able to use my dominant hand underlined the point that programming caters mainly for non-disabled people today. My momentary incapacity intended that my function could no for a longer time preserve up with my views. Even speech-recognition software program personalized for coding was error vulnerable and sluggish. My incapacity to type two-handed keyboard shortcuts intended I had to reconfigure various settings and memorize dozens of new shortcuts.

People with long lasting disabilities know these difficulties perfectly — at just about every flip, programming deters people with disabilities from participating entirely, and thus deters them from participating in science. Some of the most well-liked platforms for understanding to code demand a mouse, and so exclude individuals with motor disabilities. Most code-modifying courses, including people employed in science, assume consumers have sight, excluding anybody who is blind or visually impaired. And the Internet, which is an important instrument for getting documentation and assist when programming, is broadly incompatible with monitor viewers, which are normally used by people today who are blind, visually impaired or dyslexic.

The problems increase past actual physical capabilities. Programming languages and applications are crafted about assumptions about pure-language expertise —

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