Data breach affects Annapolis parking garages

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jun 21, 2016

If you parked at certain garages in downtown Annapolis in the past year, your data may have been stolen, according to city officials.

Mayor Michael Pantelides said in a release that the city is working with the Maryland Attorney General's Office and SP+, the city's comprehensive parking firm, to address a potential data breach reported at the Noah Hillman Garage, Gotts Court Garage, and Knighton Garage parking facilities.

A preliminary investigation found the data breach may have affected transient parkers that used a credit or debit card for payment at garages between December 23, 2015 and June 11, 2016. Officials said individuals who used monthly permits for payments as well as pariticpants in the residential parking program are likely not affected.

On June 11, 2016 SP+ notified the city that malware may have been installed on December 23, 2015 while garage management was under a previous vendor contract. If confirmed, the type of malware installed has the capability to access credit card and debit card account numbers, names of cardholders, card expiration dates, and the CVV number on the back of credit and debit cards. SP+ switched all of the city's parking facilities to cash payment only, and took the servers out of use.  SP+ has hired a firm to perform a forensic investigation, and has notified applicable credit card companies. 

If you have any questions, please call (410) 263-7020 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, e-mail at, or by regular mail at City of Annapolis, Attn: Data Security Event, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.