FBI investigating Wichita website hacking

A City of Wichita website hacked and thousands of people may have had their personal information compromised.

If you've paid a bill or a traffic ticket on-line, this does not affect you. But anyone who's done work for the city and some employees could be on that list.

The hacking did not affect the wichita.gov website. Instead someone hacked into the city's procurement site. It's used by some employees and vendors that work for the city.

The list could include anyone who has done work for the city since 1997. Plus City of Wichita employees and some residents, especially those who has been reimbursed by the city for expenses or a refund.

29,000 people in all may have been affected. If your information has been compromised, the City will contact you.

"Emails, faxes, letters, you name it we are doing it," said Arlene Sokolowski with the City of Wichita Law Department.

That's how the City is warning people that their private information may have been exposed. It happened over the weekend, when someone hacked into a city website.

"Currently the WPD and the FBI are working to determine how the breach occurred and who is responsible for that breach," said Wichita Police Captain Gavin Seiler.

So far, the cyber thief hasn't used any of the information from the website, but city leaders are worried that could happen.

"We'd rather everyone be on the safe side that may be affected by this and go to those credit agencies," Sokolowski said.

The law department suggests flagging your credit and contacting your financial institution to be on the look out. Plus the city workers are taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"What we are going to do now is take a step back, look at all of our systems," said Wichita Chief Information Officer Mike Mayta. "Do double checks in terms of looking at the data and those things, to make sure we are doing what we need to be doing on all of our systems."

The website that was hacked is shut down and it will stay will that way until the city knows it is safe.

The city found out it was hacked Monday morning, but workers believe it happened anytime between 1am Saturday and 8am monday morning.

Here is the press release sent out by the City of Wichita:

The e-procurement website, one of 14 City web sites, was hacked over the weekend, 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 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

1-800-680-7289

TransUnion LLC

P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022-2000

Equifaxwww.equifax.com

1-888-766-0008

Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374

Experian – www.experian.com

1-888-397-3742

Experian

P.O. 9530

Allen, TX 75013

 

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 with an e-procurement software vendor to make certain the procurement system is operating and secure.

“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.”


Video: WPD, FBI try to determine how hacking occurred