City of Burlington Data Breach Exposes Residents' Social Security Numbers

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The City of Burlington, Vermont recently began notifying an undisclosed number of residents that their names and Social Security numbers were mistakenly published online (h/t DataBreaches.net).

According to the notification letter [PDF] to those affected, the information was left unredacted as part of the residents' requests for a tax abatement provided to the Burlington Board of Tax Abatement, and was part of a clickable agenda item posted on the City Council's Web site on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

The information was redacted soon after it was discovered on January 13, 2014.

"Although it is unlikely given the time frame and the large amount of information that was posted, it is possible that your Social Security numbers could be used for fraudulent activity," city chief administrative officer Bob Rusten wrote in the notification letter, which advises all those affected to consider placing fraud alerts on their credit files, and to monitor their accounts and credit repots for suspicious activity.