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Municipal employees’ emails hacked, personal info compromised, city says

A city investigation shows accounts were accessed in Jan., city notified employees April 23

DeKALB – Some DeKalb municipal employees’ email accounts were involved in a security incident, according to a Thursday news release from the city.

On Jan. 18, city staff members discovered an incident related to some employee email accounts, and began an investigation after securing the accounts. The city retained a “leading forensic firm” for the investigation, the release states, which revealed an unauthorized individual gained access to certain employees’ email accounts and may have accessed and downloaded the contents.

After reviewing the identified email accounts, the city determined that on April 2 the targeted emails may have contained personal information including names, driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers, financial account numbers, payment card numbers or medical information, the release shows.

The city notified affected individuals by mailing a letter Tuesday, the report shows. The city is also offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity protection services to those whose Social Security or driver’s license numbers were compromised.

The release also states that although the city has no evidence that any personal information is being misused, affected employees are encouraged to remain vigilant and review their account statements for unauthorized activity.

For more information, call 855-424-2584 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the city’s website at www.cityofdekalb.com/1256/Email-Security-Incident.

The release states the city has since implemented additional safeguards and technical security measures.

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