Saint John council tight-lipped following data breach report

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Saint John Common Council didn’t have much to say about a data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of thousands at a meeting, Monday.Council is being told attacks against municipalities are on the rise and it’s not a case of “if” organizations will be hacked but “when.”Story continues below

A report presented to council Monday night indicates the city was made aware of the breach on Dec. 21 after a pair of online articles suggested customer payment information may have been compromised through the Click2Gov application which allowed parking tickets to be paid to the city online.READ MORE: No action taken to improve cybersecurity after N.S. government data breach: MLAsSaint John was one of nearly four dozen North American municipalities identified as being potentially hacked.Further investigation revealed the so-called at-risk period to be between May 1, 2017, and Dec.r 16, 2018, and to anyone who used a card to pay a parking ticket online, by phone or in person. Ten thousand letters were mailed to people who had paid parking tickets in that timeframe but the report says it was unable to determine exactly who was impacted by the breach.Saint John Mayor Don Darling seemed none too pleased with CentralSquare Technologies, owners of the Click2Gov application.“It wouldn’t meet my definition of a partnership,” said Darling. “And the CentralSquare folks, the Click2Gov folks that we were working with… that we had to find that out through an article would be questions that I would have in terms of a go forward. Why weren’t we notified?”WATCH: Investigation continues into Saint John parking data breach

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