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Worcester to remove online check register from public view | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware | #hacking | #aihp

WORCESTER — The city will no longer post the tax dollars spent from its checkbook online for all to see, citing concerns about cyberattacks and fraud. 

The city’s online vendor check register — which has been offline for more than a year, with a message saying it will return — will not be brought back online, City Manager Eric D. Batista said in response to a query from the Telegram & Gazette. 

The register, which allowed the public to see checks written to vendors like insurance companies and infrastructure contractors, and included sortable data like court judgments, is too much of a liability for fraud, Batista said. 

“Posting city vendor payments creates significant cybersecurity and privacy concerns,” the manager wrote. “With the mass collection of data globally and increasing cyber risk, there has been a shift toward more privacy orientation and concern around data governance.” 

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