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City offers employees free credit monitoring after breach

The City of Detroit is offering free credit monitoring as a precaution to approximately 15,000 current and former employees following a breach of a handful of email accounts potentially temporarily exposed sensitive data on these individuals, Chief Information Office Beth Niblock reported. 

The breach occurred on January 16, 2020 and the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) was able to quickly respond and contain the breach to fewer than 10 affected accounts.  The department also is working with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies investigating the incident.

Of the few accounts that were compromised, Niblock said, some contained sensitive data belonging to City of Detroit employees. The vast majority of this data was encrypted.

“At this time, there is no evidence – and it is highly unlikely – that any of this personal data was accessed.  However, out of an abundance of caution and care for the privacy and security of our employees, the City of Detroit will be offering free credit monitoring services for a period of one year,” Niblock said.  

City employees were notified today of the breach and in the next 1-2 weeks, a letter will be sent to their home with sign up instructions and a code to initiate their free credit monitoring, should they choose to take advantage of it.

As part of this breach, sensitive information pertaining to fewer than 300 of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department’s customers could have been compromised, as well.  Out of an abundance of caution DWSD, which has more than 240,000 individual customer accounts, will be reaching out directly to the customers potentially affected, who also will be provided free credit monitoring for one year.

 

 
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