California DMV hit by data breach, exposing millions of drivers’ personal information to hackers

California DMV hit by data breach, exposing millions of drivers’ personal information to hackers

Posted February 18, 2021

California DMV hit by data breach, exposing millions of drivers’ personal information to hackers

  • 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