Alderwood Water and Wastewater District says it was impacted by knowledge breach

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Alderwood Water and Wastewater District stated Friday it has been impacted by an information breach from a vendor, Computerized Funds Switch Companies, Inc. (AFTS),  that was the sufferer of a ransomware assault.

The district is the most important water and sewer district within the state of Washington, serving a inhabitants of over 245,000 retail and wholesale prospects, together with elements of unincorporated Snohomish County and parts of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier.

The Metropolis of Mountlake Terrace, which additionally contracts with AFTS, introduced earlier this week that it had been impacted by the information breach.

The Alderwood District contracts with AFTS to deal with all mail billing and processing paper examine funds. The district stated it doesn’t know the extent of the information breach, however does know that AFTS makes use of digitally scanned pictures of the examine to course of paper checks. It’s unknown presently whether or not these scanned copies of checks have been illicitly extricated from the community, the district stated.

Clients who pay their utility invoice by mailing a paper examine are inspired to observe their checking account for uncommon exercise and report something suspicious to their financial institution straight away. 

“Alderwood Water & Wastewater District takes its function of safeguarding private info very severely and won’t be utilizing AFTS to deal with mail billing or course of mail examine funds throughout this knowledge safety incident,” the district stated in a press release. “Probably the most fast impacts to our prospects are a attainable delay in processing examine funds or a brief disruption in viewing a PDF model of your billing assertion on-line.” 

Clients can go to awwd.com/affect/emergency-information/afts-inc-security-issue for extra info. 




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