CA: SF utilities agency warns of potential breach

Elinor Mills reports:

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is warning its customers that their personal data may have been exposed in a recent breach, an SFPUC spokesman told CNET today.

SFPUC noticed a few weeks ago that an unsecured server that was storing customer data also had some viruses on it, according to spokesman Tyrone Jue. It’s unclear how the server got infected with the viruses, he said, adding that “it looked like someone had found an open port on the server and dumped a bunch of viruses on it.”

A file on the server contained customer names, account numbers, addresses, phone numbers and some e-mail addresses for SFPUC’s 180,000 customers, but did not contain any financial information, he said.

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