City of Wichita officials late Monday said a City website was hacked, possibly compromising the private financial information of vendors that have done business with the City and current or former employees who have been reimbursed for travel and other expenses since 1997.
The crime occurred over the weekend and cyber thieves may have obtained social security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers and banking information. Based on current information, as many as 29,000 vendors and employees may be affected.
The security breach has been corrected and the City is in the process of notifying individuals and businesses that may have been affected. City officials recommend that all vendors who have established direct deposit business accounts and employees who have received reimbursements for travel and other expenses check with their banking institutions. They also recommend visiting the below credit agencies for free fraud-alert services:
Transunion – www.transunion.com
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022-2000
Equifax – www.equifax.com
Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374
Also, if an employee or vendor determines their personal financial information has been used illegally - resulting in financial loss - they should report the crime to the Wichita Police Department (316-268-4221).
The cybercrime has affected the City’s procurement process. City officials are working to resolve remaining security concerns and will release more details if necessary. City officials also are working with the State of Kansas Enterprise Security Office to resolve the matter.
“The City of Wichita is deeply concerned about this breach of security and the impact it may have on our vendors and employees,” City Manager Robert Layton said. “Numerous steps are being taken to obtain more information about the incident, including the involvement of appropriate law enforcement agencies.”