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Officials: City website hacked; vendor, employee financial info at risk

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at 10:31 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at 8:59 a.m.

Wichita officials said the financial information of as many as 29,000 current and former employees and vendors who worked with the city may have been compromised after a city website was hacked over the weekend.

A news release from the city late Monday night said hackers may have obtained Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers and banking information. In addition to vendors, current or former city employees who have been reimbursed for travel and other expenses since 1997 may be affected.

City officials said in the news release that the site’s security has been fixed. They are in the process of notifying those who may have been affected.

“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 in a statement. “Numerous steps are being taken to obtain more information about the incident, including the involvement of appropriate law enforcement agencies.”

The city said in the news release that it is recommending that vendors with direct deposit business accounts and employees check with their financial institutions. They also recommended visiting one of the major credit agencies to sign up for free fraud-alert services.

If employees or vendors discover that their information has been used illegally – resulting in financial loss – they should contact the Wichita Police Department at 316-268-4221.

The release said city officials are working to fix any remaining security concerns in conjunction with the state’s Enterprise Security Office.

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