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1,700 Detroit employees' personal data breached

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit says a recent computer security breach affected files that contained personal identifying information of about 1,700 city employees.

City chief information officer Beth Niblock said at a news conference Monday that a city employee apparently clicked on a malicious software link in an email that released a code that froze access to numerous files.

Niblock says two files included information such as the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers for the current and former employees. She says it doesn't appear that the malicious code gained access to information that was in the files.

The City of Detroit released this statement:

"The City of Detroit is contacting City employees today who were affected by a recent computer malware incident. Our research indicates that no personal information has been accessed or taken. However, the City is taking the extra precaution of providing free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance for one year to employees affected by the incident."

Niblock says the files have been recovered due to the city's back-up system, which she also says is outdated.

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