Ca: City of Abbotsford online services hacked, residents’ data at risk

Rochelle Baker reports:

The City of Abbotsford is warning residents personal data such as bank account numbers and addresses may have been compromised after software used to run the municipality’s online services was hacked.

Read more on the Abbotsford-Mission Times.

A notice, linked from the city’s home page, reads:

On July 16, 2013, the City of Abbotsford became aware that unauthorized access to data may have occurred through software used to run our online web services. Immediately upon discovering the incident, the City shut down all external access to online services to protect data.

City staff and an independent security consultant have since confirmed that it is unlikely that any personal information was accessed during the breach. No credit card or debit card information was affected and our systems do not contain highly sensitive information such as Social Insurance Number or Driver’s Licence data.

Customers who participate in the Property Tax and Utilties Pre-Payment Plan Program and my city online users have been notified directly.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 604-851-4187, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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