Kentucky temporarily shutting down UI system to stop fraud

Unemployment Claims

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State officials say Kentucky will temporarily shut down its unemployment system to bolster security protections to block an onslaught of cybercrime detected nationwide. The four-day shutdown will run from midnight Thursday through Monday. The announcement was made Thursday by Amy Cubbage, the governor’s general counsel. She says state officials suspect that individuals or criminal enterprises have attempted to hack into the system’s customer data. During the shutdown, claimants will be unable to file new claims or request benefits. Internal systems will remain operational, allowing the continued processing of previously filed claims.