MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG/WKRN) — A cyber attack has crashed the state’s unemployment website and has left thousands unable to apply for benefits.

A service interruption was reported on Sunday, sending offline and delaying benefit payments for thousands of Tennesseans.

As of Thursday morning, applying for benefits on the site has been halted due to the crash, and the Tennessee Department of Labor says it has no backup plan.

Geographic Solutions, the company that manages the site, was hit by a cyber attack over the weekend and says it could be days before it can repair the damage.

“We recently identified anomalous activity on our network, and immediately took the Jobs4TN system offline to halt the activity. With the help of third-party specialists, we are conducting a full investigation to determine the cause and scope of the incident. That investigation is still ongoing, and we are taking steps to help prevent this from happening again. Our current focus is working around the clock to bring Jobs4TN back online. We anticipate that this will occur prior to the July 4th holiday.“

Geographic Solutions

The latest information from GSI indicates no personal data was accessed, and no data was removed from its network operations center.

State Official Chris Cannon says the website is the only way to apply for unemployment benefits.

“It would be great if it was as easy as flipping a switch and a backup plan would come on and we could do paper claims,” Cannon said. “We can’t take paper claims because there’s no data anywhere because all the data is on the computer systems.”

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It’s not just Tennessee that’s affected. Geographic Solutions also manages unemployment websites for three dozen states.