Park by Phone data breach affects 5,000 customers

A data breach at Cork City Park by Phone service in Ireland has affected more than 5,000 people.

The incident was initially reported to have occurred last Thursday and was reported to the authorities the next day, however, new details of the have since emerged that the first instance of the breach occurred in May, according to the Irish Examiner.

“The council reports that this compromised login allowed a third party to effectively masquerade as an APP on the desktop and automate access attempts and that the first instance of this breach occurred on May 22, 2018,” the Data Protection Commission said in a statement, the publication said.

The breach was described as an “unauthorised access and retention of personal data and the fraudulent use of parking credit,” the DPC added while emphasizing that no personal bank account or payment card details were accessed or balances were altered as a result of the incident.

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