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Idaho Governor C.L. Otter has issued a warning that the personal information of numerous commercial drivers may have been stolen from the Idaho Transportation Department by hackers.
Social Security Numbers And Credit Card Numbers Could Be Compromised
According to the Governor’s Office, in mid-December, two email accounts at the Idaho Transportation Department were attacked by hackers, leaving the Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, drivers license numbers, and bank account information of truckers registered in Idaho exposed.
While authorities say that they have identified and notified 140 truck drivers and trucking companies that may have been exposed by the email hack, more truckers may have been exposed to the data theft: “One email account that was exposed contained an estimated 318 driver’s license numbers, 400 Social Security numbers or employee ID numbers, 999 credit card numbers, and 11 bank account numbers. However, ITD reported that a single individual’s personal information may be duplicated multiple times in those totals.”
State Information Security Director Jeff Weak says that the state is taking action to fight the data theft. “We are working closely with the ITD team and the Department of Administration to determine whether any personal data was actually breached. In the meantime, the ITD is taking additional measures to harden our cybersecurity defenses against another attack and ensure that the personal information of citizens is protected,” said Weak.
Governor Otter encourages anyone with questions about the email hack to contact Vince Trimboli at 208-334-8005 or [email protected].