Ohio asked employers to report workers staying at home during the new coronavirus pandemic, but at least one person tried to block the system in protest,media reported. As the U.S. began lifting temporary asylum orders, the Ohio Department of Employment and Family Services (ODJFS) released a form reporting people who quit or refused to work for fear of contracting the new coronavirus.
In response, a hacker released a script that used a form to submit spam to mask real reports from employers.
The Ohio website should have helped it find people who voluntarily stop working because of disease fears, rather than workers who were laid off who were not eligible for unemployment. State officials defended the approach, saying employees could choose to resign under unsafe working conditions or with the approval of a doctor. Even so, the form has upset local labor leaders and many netizens, including hackers who wrote the code. “What I hope is that whether people use this precise code or not, they see the possibility that people will take direct action on such a whistleblower project, ” he said in an interview. “
It is not clear how many people have used this particular tool.