City alerts people whose personal information might have been hacked
BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
9/19/12 at 5:07 PM
Read the letter to job applicants here.
Read the letter to crime reporters here.
Letters have gone out to individuals whose personal information was potentially accessed last week when the city's Web site was hacked by an unknown source, officials said Wednesday.
City spokeswoman Kim MacLeod declined to say how many letters were sent by the city, saying a criminal investigation is still under way.
The probe so far indicates that attempts to access data were likely unsuccessful, she said. Those potentially affected include online job applicants and citizens who reported crimes to police through the website.
No utility customer information was accessed, MacLeod said, and the city's email system was not affected.
The letters, which were sent Tuesday, contained Web links and information to credit monitoring agencies and consumer protection measures.
City officials also established a special Resource Center to further assist those who are receiving these letters.
The city's Web site has been offline since Sept. 12 when the breach occurred to one of the city's servers. It may be back up later this week, MacLeod said.
Tulsa, like many cities, experiences and successfully repels attempts to access IT infrastructure every day, she said.
"City of Tulsa IT officials regret the inconvenience this may cause and they are implementing a comprehensive assessment of the city servers and IT infrastructure to prevent unauthorized access and to restore the full web site," MacLeod said.
The city's Web site (tulsaworld.com/cityoftulsa) contains a splash page with helpful phone numbers and Web links to limited resources, including crime reporting, employment center, customer care center and utility bill payment functions.