LOGANVILLE, Ga. - A warning for everyone who lives in Loganville, keep a close eye on your financial records. The city's computer servers may have been hacked and the personal and financial information of residents may be compromised.
"At this point, we do not know the extent of the breach," said Loganville spokesman Robbie Schwartz.
City leaders said they first noticed something unusual March 15. Monday night they got the word out to residents through Facebook and the city's website.
"We issued the statement out of an abundance of caution to let them know there was a possibility their information may have been compromised," said Schwartz.
This could affect anyone who pays taxes and utilities, or it could affect no one. At this point, city officials just don't know. The servers were taken offline and are being analyzed by an outside cybersecurity firm.
"That's giving up people's addresses, their socials, that could lead to fraud, that's crazy," said Fernandez Tabor who lives in Loganville.
City leaders said it could be a couple of weeks before they know more. The uncertainty isn't sitting well with Kristi Slaughter who said she's now going to keep a close eye on her records.
"Just gotta keep an eye on everything, watch everything every day, keep an eye on your credit report," said Slaughter.
The city released a statement which reads:
“The City of Loganville values the privacy of your information which is why, as a precautionary measure, we are letting customers know about a security incident that may involve your personal information.
“Officials recently discovered that on or about March 15, 2018, a city server may have been breached by an outside person or entity. The data accessed may have included personal information such as Social Security numbers and/or banking information. It does not appear that this information was the target of the breach, only that it was accessible to the person or entity who caused the breach.
“The City of Loganville has retained a company that specializes in computer forensics to further assess the breach. Those who may be affected by the breach are encouraged to keep an eye on their accounts and monitor your credit.
“Again, the City of Loganville values your privacy and deeply regrets that this incident occurred. Officials are conducting a thorough review of the potentially affected records, as well as its cyber security protocols, and will notify those impacted if there are any significant developments.”