Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
The City of Tulsa, Oklahoma recently began notifying residents that their personal information may have been compromised when the City's Web site was hacked earlier this month.
"If you log on to cityoftulsa.org you'll find a message saying the website is undergoing maintenance and is unavailable," write NewsOn6.com's Russell Hulstine and Dan Bewley. "It's been this way since last week, when the city learned that someone tried to hack the server that hosts its website."
"Now, because the website was hacked, officials are urging people whose information is now at risk to place a fraud alert on their information, keep close tabs on credit reports and consider placing a security freeze on their credit file," writes KJRH's Michelle Lowry.
"According to [KJRH], names, addresses, social security numbers and driver’s license numbers belonging to those who reported a crime or submitted an employment application might have been stolen as a result of a data breach," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "'The City of Tulsa immediately took a variety of measures to protect individuals potentially impacted through a thorough review of the available logs. Our records indicate that the attempts to gain access to data by an unauthorized user were unsuccessful,' reads the letter sent out to potential victims. ... The details of this particular cyberattack haven’t been made available, but according to the letter, Tulsa experiences such attempts each day."https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
"City officials also established a special Resource Center to further assist those who are receiving these letters," writes Tulsa World's Brian Barber. "It is not releasing the center's number to keep it restricted to those people who were potentially affected."