Cork City Council, Park by Phone service breached

More than 5,000 people have been affected by a data breach of Cork City Council’s Park by Phone service.

Although the reported breach occurred last Thursday and the relevant authorities were notified on Friday, it has come to light that the breach first occurred in May.

Personal details such as car registration numbers, email addresses and mobile phone numbers have been compromised, but no personal bank account or credit or debit card details were accessed.

The council hasn’t disclosed the exact nature of this attack in order to limit its vulnerability to future attacks.

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