The Town of Christiansburg is stepping up internet security after some of their employee’s emails were compromised in October.
Town officials said they are now offering free credit monitoring to the 909 individuals that were affected by the scam.
Hackers got into the emails following a phishing email sent to town staff in May, June and September. While the email accounts impacted did have personal information of town members, there is not evidence that information has been misused.
“To reiterate, based on the Town’s investigation, we are not aware of any activity that has impacted individuals as a result of this incident,” Town Manager Randy Wingfield said. “However, if scammers have plans to misuse that information, we wanted to act fast and be transparent throughout this process.”
The town has required additional security and data protection training for all employees, implemented additional technology security measures, updated password protocols, limited user’s access to information possessed and maintained by the town, and has conducted regular phishing testing of employees.
Town representatives also said they sincerely apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience it may have caused.
The Town has set up a website page with more information at www.christiansburg.org/creditmonitoring.
Should you have questions or concerns regarding this matter, call (877) 769-5558.