Hacker Claims to Have Taken Sensitive Data from City of Providence, Rhode Island

Uh oh. GoLocalProv reports:

The City of Providence’s website has been hacked and the hacker has posted an ominous message claiming to have control of sensitive data and that the data is for sale.

It is unknown what data, if any, is under the control of the City of Providence, but as three years ago the City of Providence accidentally gave GoLocalProv the Social Security numbers to thousands of retired City Workers.

The message posted reads:

Sorry You g0t Hacked by g0tchack 


contact: [email protected]

Read more on GoLocalProv, who reference an earlier breach by the city in March, 2012 that had never been reported on this site. That breach involved the unintended disclosure of 3,000 former employees’ Social Security numbers in response to a public records request by the media site. Although the city attempted to mask the SSN column, they did not do so adequately, it seems.



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