900+ residents' information compromised in Town of Christiansburg data security breach

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- The town of Christiansburg is offering free credit monitoring to more than 900 people after their information was compromised in a phishing scam.

The scam targeted email accounts of three town employees which contained personally identifiable information from some members of the public, the town said in a news release. There is no evidence that any of the information has been misused.

“To reiterate, based on the Town’s investigation, we are not aware of any activity that has impacted individuals as a result of this incident,” Town Manager Randy Wingfield said in the release. “However, if scammers have plans to misuse that information, we wanted to act fast and be transparent throughout this process.”

The town sent letters offering free credit monitoring to all 909 individuals who had information exposed in the breach. The credit monitoring "helps detect possible misuse of personal information and provides those individuals with identity protection support focused on immediate identification and resolution of identity theft," the town wrote in the news release.

The town is working with data privacy experts to fix the issue and strengthen its systems.

The town says only those who received letters were affected. However, if you want to be sure, you can call (877) 769-5558 and provide your name and date of birth.

For more information about this incident, visit the town's website at www.christiansburg.org/creditmonitoring.