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Toronto Zoo heist leaves workers’ personal data vulnerable to theft

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Current and former employees of the Toronto Zoo dating back to 1989 have had their personal information stolen in a cyber attack. The stolen information includes past earnings, social insurance numbers, birthdates, telephone numbers, and home addresses. The Toronto Zoo does not believe that personal banking details were compromised, as they do not store that information on their servers. The zoo is offering a complimentary two-year credit monitoring service for all affected employees and is working with third-party cyber security experts to resolve the situation. The cyber attack has also affected members, guests, donors, and volunteers, and an investigation is ongoing.

Key Elements:

  • Personal information of current and former Toronto Zoo employees dating back to 1989 stolen in cyber attack.
  • Stolen information includes past earnings, social insurance numbers, birthdates, telephone numbers, and home addresses.
  • Zoo does not store personal banking details on its servers and does not believe they were compromised.
  • A complimentary two-year credit monitoring service is being offered to affected employees.
  • Zoo is working with third-party cyber security experts and the city’s chief information security office to resolve the situation.
  • Investigation ongoing to determine how members, guests, donors, and volunteers are affected.

The Toronto Zoo has announced that personal information of current and former employees dating back to 1989 has been stolen in a cyber attack. The stolen information includes past earnings, social insurance numbers, birthdates, telephone numbers, and home addresses. However, the zoo does not believe that personal banking details were compromised, as they do not store that information on their servers.

The zoo has stated that they will offer all affected employees a complimentary two-year credit monitoring service to check for signs of identity fraud. The zoo is working with third-party cyber security experts and the city’s chief information security office to resolve the situation. They have also reported the cyber attack to Toronto police.

In a news release, a zoo spokesperson expressed their disappointment and concern over the cyber attack, stating, “It is so unfortunate and very disturbing that charitable not-for-profit organizations like your Toronto Zoo and other public sector organizations are being targeted by cyber attacks. Our mission is to connect people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction, not cybercriminals. This has been a terrible incident that has directly impacted our current and former staff, and for that, we are deeply sorry.”

The zoo is also conducting an investigation to determine how the cyber attack has affected its members, guests, donors, and volunteers. Normal operations at the Toronto Zoo will continue despite the ongoing cyber attack.

Retired and former employees interested in receiving the complimentary credit monitoring service are urged to contact the Toronto Zoo at employee.support@torontozoo.ca.

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