City of Wichita working to keep up with hackers

WICHITA, Kansas – Hackers. They are getting better and better. Wichita says it is trying to keep up.

“Well, we definitely want to keep on top of it,” says City Council Member James Clendenin. “The city is taking action.”

Clendenin had his personal information exposed online, after the hacking of wichita.gov back in October.

“Sure, the council members were not immune,” explains Clendenin. “I was shocked at first.”

When the website was hacked, thousands of account logins were exposed. Many of those accounts were businesses trying to do work with the Wichita. It was the city procurement website that was hacked.

This week, the Michael Mayta with Wichita Technology department, says they are updating security measures.

“Businesses were the ones most affected,” explains Mayta. “The city partnered with Dunn & Bradstreet to offer all businesses impacted free monitoring for life. Those individuals affected were provided free 90-day fraud alter by the credit monitoring companies and that alert can be renewed by the individuals for free after the expiration of 90 days continually.”

Clendenin says he has been checking his credit regularly.

“Absolutely,” says Clendenin. “So everybody is having to deal with it. And so we’re feeling their pain. We’re having to make the changes to our accounts and be vigilant to make sure that our accounts are protected as well. What I’ve done is I have sent letters myself to the three credit reporting agencies to let them know.”

The city says it has installed new, and more firewalls to keep hackers out.

Wichita has also begun updating old technology and is installing more hardware for security.

Financial figures were not immediately available on what this is costing the city, but council members say it has to be done.

You can check your own credit:

They also recommend visiting the below credit agencies for free fraud-alert services:

www.transunion.com
1-800-680-7289
TransUnion LLC
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022-2000

www.equifax.com
1-888-766-0008
Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374

www.experian.com
1-888-397-3742
Experian
P.O. 9530
Allen, TX 75013

If an employee or vendor determines their personal financial information has been used illegally they should report the crime to the Wichita Police Department at 316-268-4221.

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