Cyberattack on Wichita's computers leaves city unable to do business with vendors, bidders [The Wichita Eagle]
(Wichita Eagle (KS) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 09--Federal, and local law enforcement officials spent Wednesday searching for the source of a cyberattack on the city of Wichita's business computers, an attack that has left the city unable to do business with vendors, bidders and some employees
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still probing the source and nature of a "sophisticated" attack last weekend on the city's e-procurement system, the computer database handling the city's business transactions. The hacking affects several local and regional vendors, some city employees and a select number of Wichita residents. But information was not taken from the city's bill payment databases, meaning that city utility customers are not affected.
The cyberattack occurred sometime between 1 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.. Monday. The FBI, local police and state security officials were notified immediately upon discovery of the attack.
Based on current information, as many as 29,000 vendors and employees may be affected. The thieves may have obtained Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers and banking information.
City officials wouldn't comment Wednesday on any possible methods used in the cyberattack. None of the vendors and employees potentially affected had reported security breaches on their accounts.
As a result, the city's ability to do business with builders, service providers, project bidders and some employees who received compensation for travel expenses has been halted, city officials said. Project bidding set for Friday has been delayed until Oct. 18 while the system's software provider tries to beef up its security. Vendors were still unable to register at the site Wednesday afternoon.
There was no evidence Wednesday afternoon that any other city databases were attacked over the weekend, the officials said. The city operates the e-procurement system as one of 14 data systems, including payroll.
Police have scheduled at 2:45 p.m. news briefing at City Hall on the hacking investigation.
Reach Bill Wilson at 316-268-6290 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @bwilsoneagle.
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