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City of Billings warning employees about potential cyber attack

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 20:14:09-04

BILLINGS – The city of Billings is warning its employees to be aware of a possible hactivist campaign against the state of Montana, local governments, and oil and gas companies.

In a security alert message this week, the city’s technology department, acting with the Montana Department of Justice, said it’ds aware of a planned cyber attack, as a result of the state’s participation in the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Employees are advised to expect an increase in phishing emails, scam/prank calls, prank faxes, and other social engineering attempts.

Employees are also encouraged to consider removing any employment information from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The warning stated the city has no intelligence to indicate any potential physical threat to citizens or workers, but advises employees to be prepared for protestors trying to block access to public buildings, roads, and public transportation.

City Administrator Bruce McCandless told Q2 News Thursday  since the city gets its internet service through the state’s network, the Department of Justice was advising all users of the situation.

McCandless stressed that officials believe there is no reason for concern, and there is no direct threat to the city of Billings, but goes on to say the city is using the situation to remind employees of on-going security issues..

Specifically, the warning asks city employees to monitor all physical access to their offices  and to watch for people who may try to piggyback or tailgate into secure areas.