Hackers obtain 20 months worth of data in yet another DMV breach

Written by Natalia Toliver

Following a significant DMV breach in late 2019, in which thousands of customer’s Social Security numbers were made available to government entities who should not have received access, the DMV is alerting drivers of another security breach. This time with millions of potentially leaked driver registration records.

Since the middle of 2019, the DMV has been working with Seattle-based Automatic Funds Transfer Services, “to correct and verify vehicle registration addresses.” Unfortunately, the Seattle-based company was hit by a series of attacks in early February.

KFSN in Fresno reported, “that the affected data includes 20 months’ worth of California vehicle registration records-including names, addresses, license plate numbers and vehicle identification numbers-dating back to at least August 2019.”

Anita Gore, a spokeswoman for the DMV, said “Approximately 38 million records have potentially been compromised.” The DMV has stopped sharing information with Automatic Funds Transfer and is currently investigating if any of the information obtained has been used. Federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, have been notified of the attack.

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