North Texans who use TollTags to pay their way on the Dallas-Fort Worth tollway system need not worry that their accounts have been compromised, officials said.
On Friday, the Austin American-Statesman reported that cyberattackers had hacked into some 1,600 accounts of TxTag holders, stealing an estimated $46,000.
Some North Texans have TxTags - which are toll devices issued by the Texas Department of Transportation to collect tolls eletronically. But in the Metroplex, it's far more common for motorists to use TollTags, which are issued by the North Texas Tollway Authority.
The article used a lower-case reference to "toll tags," meant as a generic term for any device typically placed on a windshield for electronic toll collection.
Anyway, shortly after this news broke the North Texas Tollway Authority quickly put out a press release clarifying that in no way had its accounts been hacked. The tollway's toll collection devices are branded as TollTags - upper-case.
"The NTTA takes its obligation to safeguard customer information seriously and expends a vast amount of resources to secure all confidential information," an agency spokesman said in a release. "The NTTA has instituted the appropriate level of controls and guidelines in its payment processing system and has earned accreditation as a PCI Compliant Level 2 merchant. The PCI Data Security Standards are a set of requirements designed to ensure that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment."