'Sophisticated' hackers hit Wichita's website [Topeka Capital Journal (KS)]
(Topeka Capital Journal (KS) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WICHITA -- The city of Wichita's electronic procurement website was the recent victim of a "sophisticated hacking operation," City Manager Robert Layton said.
Layton also said Tuesday that the FBI is working with city officials to determine what information was taken and how similar breaches can be prevented in the future.
Officials said the breach, which occurred over the weekend, may have affected as many as 29,000 vendors and employees, and that Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers and banking information may have been compromised.
But Arlene Sokolowski, with the city's law department, said so far none of the compromised accounts has illegally been drawn on.
Layton said this wasn't the first time hackers have tried to gain access to the city's computer databases.
"The system always beats them back," he said. "But not this time. This was a pretty sophisticated hacking operation."
Wichita police Capt. Gavin Seiler said as soon as city officials discovered the attack they shut down the system and notified authorities.
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