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The US Attorney for the Central District of California reports that a man residing in Orange County yesterday pled guilty to stealing the identities of two dozen victims in order to fraudulently apply for over $1.2 million in COVID-19 pandemic unemployment insurance benefits. However, the Desk clarifies that the breach wasn’t an attack in the conventional definition, but rather the exploitation of an application programming interface (API), which are intentionally left available to developers to access certain parts of the site. Nhan Hoang Pham obtained the personal identifying information of people living in California, Texas, and Michigan and used it to submit online applications to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), which coordinates the state’s unemployment insurance program, and had the benefits placed on debit cards routed to an address which he controlled.

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