Not in Kansas anymore, thousands affected by Wichita website hack

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The city of Wichita had its website hacked over the weekend, consequently compromising sensitive information for tens of thousands of current and former vendors who have done business with the city and employees who have been reimbursed for expenses since 1997.

How many victims? Roughly 29,000.

What type of personal information? Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers and banking information is among the data that was stolen. 

What happened? A band of cyber thieves hacked into the city of Wichita's website and stole the personal information. The security breach, which affected the city's electronic procurement website, has been corrected.

What was the response? An investigation is ongoing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies, as well as the state's Kansas Enterprise Security Office, to resolve the matter. The city is notifying affected businesses and individuals. All vendors that have established direct deposit business accounts and employees who have received reimbursements are being told to check in with banking institutions. Free fraud-alert services are being offered.

Details: A group of what appears to be Turkish hackers tweeted about the attack on Oct. 5 under the name @AgentCorporatio. An image was attached to the tweet, part of which reads, "to be continued," indicating more attacks may be underway.

Quote: “The city of Wichita is deeply concerned about this breach of security and the impact it may have on our vendors and employees,” said City Manager Robert Layton, in a statement. “Numerous steps are being taken to obtain more information about the incident, including the involvement of appropriate law enforcement agencies.”

Source: wichita.gov, “Officials: A City Website Hacked,” Oct. 7, 2013; wichita.gov, “WPD, FBI Investigating Website Hacking Case,” Oct. 8, 2013.

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