Bryant Responds to Illinois Lawsuit Filed Against Deloitte for IDES Unemployment Data Breach

MURPHYSBORO – State Rep. Terri Bryant has issued the following statement and related links and information in response to news Deloitte has been sued by a Metro-East resident for the recent data breach at the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s unemployment assistance website.

“Having spoken to the person IDES says was the only person to breach the system and in having seen the screenshots of the exposed data, I for one find it impossible to believe that individual was the only person to breach the system. That individual is no hacker. If she did it accidentally, then hackers had the ability to access sensitive information of unemployment applicants every day from May 11- May 15. I contend, someone, somewhere is covering up a massive data breach. I hope the legal action filed against Deloitte will bring answers to very disturbing questions that continue to swirl around IDES and this administration.”

Rep. Bryant has been actively critical of the administration’s handling of unemployment claims and the continuing failure of IDES to meet the demand for assistance. 

Bryant was also the legislator that exposed the data breach at IDES after repeatedly contacting the administration and hearing no response.
Here are some helpful resources relating to Rep. Bryant’s advocacy and efforts to get answers to why the failures at IDES are still ongoing. 

May 28, 2020 Press Conference – House Republicans Call for IDES Audit

At the 3:55 mark of the press conference, Rep. Bryant mentions the
e no-bid contract Deloitte received to run the IDES unemployment website. 
Link to Rep. Bryant press release calling for audit of IDES:

House Resolution filed by Rep. Bryant Calling for Auditor General to Audit IDES