California DMV hit by data breach, exposing millions of drivers’ personal information to hackers
Posted February 18, 2021
- The California Department of Motor Vehicles is alerting drivers of a security breach that potentially leaked millions of drivers’ registration records.
- “Approximately 38 million records have potentially been compromised,” said Anita Gore, a spokeswoman for the DMV.
- Since many drivers own multiple vehicles, the number of people possibly affected is less than the number of records compromised.
- A billing contractor, the Seattle-based Automatic Funds Transfer Services, was hit by a ransomware attack in early February. The DMV has worked with the organization since mid-2019 “to correct and verify vehicle registration addresses,” according to the department.
- The agency has since stopped sharing data with the contractor and is investigating whether the hackers involved have used any information obtained in the attack.
– Joshua Bote | February 18, 2021