LATEST: Wellington sending notices to 6,000 potential breach victims

More than 6,000 customers of six village departments soon will receive notices that they may have been affected by a recent data breach.

Wellington is sending 6,125 letters to customers of its building, business license, code, parking ticket, utilities and planning departments, Assistant Village Manager Jim Barnes said. Of that number, not all will have been affected by the breach of the village’s billing vendor, Superion’s Click2Gov system.

“We’ve narrowed it to that,” Barnes said.

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More customers could be affected, Barnes said, but because of the way certain departments take in billing information, the village has not been able to find valid contact information for those people or businesses. Instead of mailing notices to those customers, Wellington has put a “Data Breach” button on its website and posted a notice Friday repeating information about the breach and who potentially was affected.

On June 6, Superion notified Wellington that the village’s Click2Gov server may have been compromised. Within an hour of that notification, Wellington Chief Information Officer William Silliman ordered the server shut down. Within about 24 hours, Wellington had rebuilt the server with added security and was accepting online payments.

Silliman and a third-party forensic company, the Sylint Group, have been investigating the breach. They determined it affected only those customers who made one-time online payments through Click2Gov to any of the six departments. The utilities department was breached beginning Nov. 28 and the other five departments were breached beginning March 30, with the window for the breach closing June 4, Sylint determined.

RELATED: Wellington’s not alone: Thousands exposed in municipal website breaches

Wellington is not alone. The Post reported last month that at least nine municipalities and a county government have experienced similar Click2Gov breaches. Cities in California, Texas, Arizona and Wisconsin have been affected. Soon after The Post’s report, cities in Texas and Oklahoma also reported breaches of their Click2Gov servers.

Lake Worth’s Click2Gov system also was breached. The city confirmed its utilities customers were exposed from April 3, 2017, to Jan. 22, 2018, making it one of the longer breaches found by The Post.

What to do

Have you been affected by a data breach? Wellington recommends following these steps:

• Review credit card statements and report unauthorized charges, no matter how small.

• Ask your credit card issuer or bank to deactivate your card and issue a new card.

• Request a fraud alert on your credit file. This will tell creditors to contact you before opening new accounts or changing existing accounts.

• Request that credit reports be sent to you, free of charge, for your review. Even if you do not find suspicious activity, the Federal Trade Commission recommends that you check your credit reports periodically. Equifax: or 800-525-6285; Experian: or 888-397-3742; TransUnion: or 800-680-7289.

Related breaches

• Lake Worth: April 3, 2017, to Jan. 22, 2018

• Goodyear, Ariz.: June 13, 2017 to May 5, 2018

• Oceanside, Calif.: July 1 t0 Aug. 13, 2017

• Beaumont, Texas: Aug. 1 to Aug. 24, 2017

• Ormond Beach: Aug. 14 to Oct. 4, 2017

• Fon du Lac, Wis.: August to October, 2017

• Wellington: Nov. 28, 2017, to June 4, 2018

• Okaloosa County: December 2017 to March

• Midland, Texas: December 2017 to June

• Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Jan. 4 to Jan. 10

• Midwest City, Okla.: May 25 to June 21

• Oxnard, Calif.: March 26 to May 29, 2017

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