Coun­cil data breached

Wanganui Chronicle - - Front Page -

A cou­ple of hun­dred peo­ple have been af­fected by a data breach af­ter hack­ers tar­geted a pro­gram used by Welling­ton City Coun­cil. The pro­gram, Type­form, which is used by other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing coun­cils in the Waikato area, is a tool used in­ter­na­tion­ally by groups want­ing to get in­volved in pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, coun­cil spokesman Richard MacLean said. “Type­form no­ti­fied us late last week that there had been a breach and in terms of the peo­ple af­fected in Welling­ton, I think it’s a cou­ple of hun­dred. This meant hack­ers po­ten­tially had ac­cess to the af­fected group’s name, email and home ad­dresses, busi­ness names, gen­der and phone num­bers. Whether the hack­ers ac­tu­ally went af­ter all that info, we can’t be sure, but that’s why we sent out a warn­ing to all the peo­ple who were in the data­base and who Type­form told us had been af­fected.” Type­form re­leased a state­ment on its web­site say­ing its en­gi­neer­ing team be­came aware on June 27 that an “un­known third party” gained ac­cess to the server and down­loaded “cer­tain in­for­ma­tion”. “We re­sponded im­me­di­ately and fixed the source of the breach to pre­vent any fur­ther in­tru­sion.”

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