Data Breach In Grand Rapids Legacy Parking App

Prior to the launch of MOTU as the official Grand Rapids parking app in 2018, Park Mobile was the app used by the city and it was reported that Park Mobile users’ data may have been compromised.

According to a Grand Rapids reddit user, his information was compromised in the breach which is believed to have affected more than 20 million users:

ParkMobile, the app provider for parking in Grand Rapids until 2018, was recently hacked and 21 million customer data was stolen. I received a notification from Firefox that my email address was found in this violation. I’ve only used ParkMobile in Grand Rapids. So if you’ve ever parked in GR and paid with your phone from 2009 to June 2018, your details have likely been stolen, including your name, password hash, date of birth, phone number, email and mailing address, and license plates. -u / freddit616 on Reddit

Although the reddit user claims that “name, password hash, date of birth, phone number, email, mailing address, and license plates” have been compromised, Park Mobile spokesman Jeff Perkins tells Krebs On Security that license plates and, if so, specified, email addresses and / or telephone numbers and vehicle nicknames may have been disclosed. “There may be postal addresses in a small percentage of cases,” Perkins said.

According to KrebsOnSecurity.com, the data is now being sold on the internet and is especially popular on Russian hacking sites.

The first and best step might be to change your password if your app is still installed. Experts also recommend using unique passwords for all of your accounts so that your other accounts won’t be harassed if one is compromised. To see if your data might be on the list, check out HaveIBeenPwned.com, a website that tracks data breaches and the data affected.

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