The latest local government data breach has occurred in Midland, Texas where hackers leveraged a vulnerability in Superion’s Click2Gov function in the payment server used to make online payments for utilities. Other cities might be affected as well including Beaumont, California, Oceanside California and Goodyear, Arizona.

Ryan Wilk, VP of Customer Success:

“Hackers will leverage any vulnerability in a system to get at data. Black-hat hackers have been increasing their attacks on local governments recently with the City of Atlanta being one of the latest victims. For Atlanta, the cost to repair the network has run into the millions. In this case, malicious actors are leveraging a vulnerability in Superion’s Click2Gov function. Vulnerabilities in software are a hidden trap door that is hard to detect until it has been exploited. Government agencies can protect their users by leveraging multi-layer security solutions that include passive biometrics and behavioral analytics. These solutions are already helping retail companies and financial institutions detect illegitimate users so that if the stolen data is used for fraud, these attempts are thwarted before they create any damage to customers and companies.”

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