- Apr 08
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NICER WEATHER AHEAD #INBEND, BUT SOME CLARIFICATIONS: As temperatures climb this week here on the High Desert, Central Oregonians need to be aware of outdoor recreation opportunities as well as closures. Several restrictions are in place to reduce personal exposure to #COVID19 and to protect First Responders. Mental health experts recommend fresh air and time in nature, but this must be balanced with the physical distancing mandated by the state-wide executive order to stay home. With different governments managing different lands, here’s a comprehensive look at all the options and current status. READ MORE on what’s OPEN & CLOSED as far as outdoor recreation goes: https://bit.ly/3c6dunw
- Apr 08
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YOUR VIDEO ENTRIES WANTED: Hey students! If you're spending a little more time at home and want to test out your video making skills, then we have a contest for you! The 2020 Clean Water Works Kid's Contest is LIVE. Entries are due May 1st! Check out more information about requirements, subject matter, and applications on the Clean Water Works homepage: https://bit.ly/2Vet4GA WATCH the 2018 Grand Prize Award Winner - Marvin Walder - Bend "Aqua-Culture" - on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRbZVDpTGX4 The grand prize winner of the contests receives the opportunity to work with local media professionals at Central Oregon Daily News/ Zolo Media to remake their student video into a full-fledged professional public service announcement (PSA) to be aired on area TV stations and at the BendFilm Festival. WATCH Marvin Walder's Final Product with some help with the pros at Zolo Media: https://www.bendoregon.gov/home/showdocument?id=43396
- Apr 07
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Keep washing those hands! A note about pet concerns regarding the novel coronavirus: There's very little data available on the human to pet transmission risk for COVID-19. Regardless, trying to keep everyone -- both two legged and four -- as safe as possibly is most important.
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Data Security Incident
The City of Bend was recently informed that a potential data security incident may have compromised the payment card information of some City utility customers who made one-time utility bill payments or enrolled in auto pay using a credit or debit card between August 30, 2019 and October 14, 2019.
The data that may have been affected could include the cardholder’s name, card billing address, card number, card type, card security code and card expiration date. Other personal information such as Social Security numbers or government-issued identification numbers were not affected by this incident. The City of Bend does not collect that information for utility billing purposes.
City utility customers who signed up for auto pay by credit/debit card or bank drafts before August 30, 2019 or after October 14, 2019, and customers who paid in person or by check, are not affected.
The City learned of the potential security incident from CentralSquare, the third-party vendor that manages and operates the City’s online utility payment portal, known as Click2Gov. CentralSquare determined that malicious code may have been inserted into the Click2Gov software which could have allowed an unauthorized party to copy personal payment card information from customers who logged into the system to make a one-time credit card payment or to enroll in auto pay between August 30, 2019 and October 14, 2019. Existing auto pay customers were not affected.
The City has worked with CentralSquare to remove the malicious code from Click2Gov to ensure that this incident is not ongoing and has implemented additional security measures to help mitigate future risk. This incident involved Click2Gov’s software. It was not due to a vulnerability of the City’s infrastructure, systems, or security.
“Data privacy and security for our customers are high priorities, and we are taking this situation very seriously,” said Chief Innovation Officer Stephanie Betteridge. “We are doing everything we can to mitigate the situation, serve our customers and protect against future incidents.”
The City is working with CentralSquare, a third-party forensic investigator, outside legal counsel, and local and federal law enforcement to evaluate the nature and scope of the incident. The investigation is ongoing. We are in the process of notifying the individuals who may be affected directly by mail. Letters are expected to be mailed this week.
The City has plans in place to migrate to a new payment processing services provider in the near future.
Customers who made one-time payments or enrolled in auto pay between August 30, 2019 and October 14, 2019 should monitor their financial accounts and promptly report any suspicious activity to their banks. Those customers will also be offered one year of credit and identity-monitoring services at no cost.
Customers who may have questions or would like more information may visit our website at www.bendoregon.gov/data-advisory. We have also established a dedicated call center to address customer concerns, which can be reached at (844) 987-1209 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
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