WARCOG Data Breach

Data Breach Update - July 11, 2017

On Thursday, July 6, The Daily Record published an article updating the information about the data breach at the WARCOG dispatch. According to the article, 

"Linda Applebaum, Wooster's law director, and Joel Montgomery, director of administration, said WARCOG officials were told Thursday by the FBI that the scope of the breach was smaller than originally thought. That number is less than 135,000, a third less than initially believed compromised. Approximately 6,000 of those records obtained belonged to individuals who live outside of Ohio." 

Although the scope is smaller than originally believed, the Council of Governments is still taking the breach very seriously. The FBI is continuing their investigation to determine exactly which records were compromised. 

Huszai also reported that "...WARCOG currently use[s] up-to-date cybersecurity measures, including antivirus and antimalware protection, ransomware protection, random phishing tests, employee training on the issue, next-generation firewalls and a darktrace." However, according to Bob Eshelman, Wooster's IT manager, "even the darktrace -- a cybersecurity measure that scans normal network behavior and alerts for anomalies -- could not detect this hack."  It should be noted that the FBI has commended the WARCOG dispatch for their practice of "layering security."

View The Daily Record's website and read the article by Steven F. Huszai by clicking on the link below:

Daily Record - WARCOG still Investigating




Data Breach - July 1, 2017

The computer network for the Wooster-Ashland Regional Council of Governments experienced a data breach on May 26, 2017. The FBI is currently investigating the incident. The cities involved are fully cooperating with the FBI's investigation as well as working to increase the security of the network's systems. 

The Council is taking this intrusion very seriously. The privacy of our constituents and the confidentiality of their personal information are of critical importance to us. As the information becomes available, those affected by the intrusion will be contacted and informed of steps which they can take to protect themselves. Free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services will be provided free of charge to those affected by the breach.

A copy of the Press Release can be seen by clicking on the link below:

Press Release

Press Release Data Breach 070117