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Nebraska’s unemployment claims system is offline after the vendor that built and runs it was hit by a cyberattack.

NEworks, the website Nebraskas use to apply for unemployment benefits and search for new jobs, has been offline since Sunday, Geographic Solutions told the Nebraska Department of Labor Monday night.

“Geographic Solutions suffered a cyberattack that required our national labor exchange and unemployment claims system to be taken offline,” the company wrote to the state agency.

The Florida-based company said its team is “working around the clock to restore these systems to all users as soon as possible.”

The NEworks website, however, says the system is undergoing “scheduled maintenance” and will be back online shortly.

In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Labor said Geographic Solutions said the attack only affected access to online systems and that there was no evidence that the data of the users had been compromised.

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“(Geographic Solutions) did not provide an expected date for the resolution of the outage,” the press release reads, “but indicated that the site will be unavailable for at least the next two days.”

People due to file unemployment claims for the week of June 19-25 would have until Saturday to do so, Labor Department spokeswoman Grace Johnson said.

Those filing claims also have until Saturday to file their re-employment activities with the department — things like job searches and interviews needed to maintain their benefits — but aren’t required to use NEworks. to do this.

“We will provide further information to customers as we learn more details about the outage, along with instructions if needed,” Johnson said in an email.

In Iowa, a similar system built by Geographic Solutions was also down Sunday and Monday, and the website was expected to remain down for at least part of Tuesday, according to Iowa Workforce Development.

SDworks, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s unemployment and reemployment system, is also down, according to a post on the agency’s website.

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