California DMV Large Scale Data Breach

According to a recent report, the DMV may have been compromised and potentially thousands of customers data could be exposed.

“There is no evidence at this time of a direct breach of the DMV’s computer system,” the DMV told security site Krebs on Security. “However, out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting the sensitive information of California drivers, the DMV has opened an investigation into any potential security breach in conjunction with state and federal law enforcement.”

The credit cards that are at risk are ones that were used on the DMV website between Aug. 2, 2013 and Jan. 31, 2014. This is a pretty large period of time and could be that a large percentage of the population was affected.

11.9 million transactions were conducted during that period of time, so if that gives any indicator since most people conduct only 1 transaction in a 6 month period, then it would reveal a huge potential problem.

People are advised to check their credit card account activity if they used the DMV website in that period of time and made a  purchase using their credit card.

The rumors are flying that this may not be true, but many believe it is now potentially being covered up.

The California DMV has been unreachable for any type of comment at this time.

Currently a forensic review is underway to potentially prove or disprove what happened.  It’s less than clear if the state would be forthcoming or not if the attack did compromise cardholder data.

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