Tag: Colorado

Stolen identities set stage for unemployment scams in Colorado and elsewhere

Unemployment insurance programs in Colorado and around the country are struggling with an unprecedented wave of fraudulent claims, something cybersecurity experts say numerous data breaches the past decade have made possible.

Self-employed workers seeking assistance have found their applications stalled or payments delayed because of tighter security. Already stretched thin, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has redirected its limited resources. And thousands of unsuspecting Colorado residents have had to spend hours trying to rectify the fallout from the scam after claims were made in their names.

“The issue is that anyone can fill out these applications and get paid in a couple of days. All the personal identifiable information they need is readily available on the dark web as a result of countless breaches,” said Tyler Moffitt, a security analyst at Webroot, a Broomfield-based cybersecurity company.

Software that spoofs Internet Protocol addresses allows scammers to hide their digital

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Colorado $300 unemployment bonus hits technical snag

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A federal program expected to launch Thursday to provide some unemployed Coloradans an extra $300 a week in jobless benefits was flooded with so many requests that the state labor department was forced to disable the certification process late Wednesday.

The hiccup should not prevent eligible users from getting the federal Lost Wages Assistance benefits, state officials said, but so far only 16,000 out of 220,000 eligible users have been certified

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Colorado could OK first-of-its-kind air-quality rule for oil, gas well sites

Colorado could once again lead the way on oil and gas regulations if the state approves proposals meant to control emissions from well sites earlier than is now required under a mandate to revamp rules.

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission opened a hearing Thursday on proposed rules, including ones that would require monitoring emissions and air quality from the start of construction of a well and over the first six months of production. The nearly continuous monitoring of so-called preproduction, a phase that can produce high emissions of chemicals and health complaints from the public, would be a new requirement..

“Colorado, like it did in 2014, being the first to implement methane rules, now is once again at the head of the pack on figuring out ways to incentivize new technology and address oil and gas emissions. It’s a big deal,” said Jon Goldstein with the Environmental Defense Fund

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Colorado Springs technology accelerator shifts to virtual format | Business

Like almost every other event, the Catalyst Accelerator is shifting its 12-week program for space technology-focused startups into a virtual format to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus.

The program to help startups develop technology for the Department of Defense had been offered five times at the Catalyst Campus near downtown Colorado Springs. For round six, starting Tuesday, eight small businesses focused on space cybertechnology will meet virtually every other week with industry and government experts and mentors to help them grow and find customers. They will get a chance to pitch their technology to government and commercial customers in November.

“In March, when COVID hit, we had to switch (immediately) to virtual, including the demonstration day for our last cohort (postponed to October) and several events we had planned for summer,” said KiMar Gartman, the accelerator’s program director. “It has been a challenge finding the right virtual platform, but we

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