Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation is warning its customers that their private banking information may have been accessed via a cyber-security attack over the holiday weekend.
Central Hudson employees uncovered the incident as a result of control procedures. The company is continuing to conduct its own investigation and is working with law enforcement officials to identify those responsible.
They are sending out the alerts via telephone, email and mail.
In an internet privacy statement, they say "Central Hudson has implemented policy guidelines and security features to access specific customer-account information and to help safeguard customer-specific account information from unauthorized access or improper use."
"Out of an abundance of caution, we are recommending that all customers monitor their credit reports and bank accounts in order to detect any unauthorized activity. There is no evidence yet that the information was downloaded or misused; however, Central Hudson would prefer to err on the side of extra caution in alerting customers to always take seriously the potential for theft," said James P. Laurito, Central Hudson's president.
If customers suspect any incidence of unauthorized access to their personal account or credit, they should contact their local law enforcement agency. If they notice irregular activity in their checking or savings accounts in particular, they should contact their bank immediately.