The personal information of scores of current and former Sausalito government employees was exposed in an email phishing scam late last month.
The names, addresses, Social Security numbers and income records of 147 city employees were inadvertently emailed to someone claiming to be a Sausalito official, according to Melanie Purcell, the city's administrative services director.
"I wouldn't wish this on anybody," Purcell said in an interview. "There's a level of really feeling bad that we put employees in this position to deal with it."
A city worker emailed last year's W-2 tax forms to an "unknown, unauthorized third party" on Jan. 30.
The following day Sausalito employees received a letter, notifying them of the breach. The city says it told the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Trade Commission and the California Franchise Tax Board about the cyberthefts.