Pompano Beach warned nearly 4,000 residents of data breach

A data breach at a company that handles the billing for municipal water service has Pompano Beach city officials working to minimize the potential damage.

Hackers gained unauthorized access to credit or debit card data stored with software company CentralSquare and used for one-time online water bill payments made through the city’s website from Aug. 30 to Dec. 6, officials said.

There were 3,790 customers who made one-time payments during that time period.

Officials began investigating the incident after a credit card company notified the city of the possibly fraudulent use of a customer’s credit card.

Letters have been mailed to all water customers possibly affected by the breach detailing what steps to take to report and protect against the potential misuse of credit and debit card information.

Pompano Beach’s Information Technologies Department is consistently applying security patches to all city government software, as quickly as these patches are provided, officials said.

The city has the most up-to-date virus protection and firewall technology and conducts regular security checks to guard against information theft, officials said.

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