Sunday, June 23, 2024

Louisiana OMV experiences large data breach

by BIZ Magazine

A massive data breach of the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles third party MOVEit software will affect most Louisiana drivers. 

OMV officials believe all Louisianans with a state-issued driver’s license, ID, or car registration have had some of their data made vulnerable by the cyber attacks, according to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. That could include names, addresses, social security numbers, birthdates, height, eye color, driver’s license numbers, vehicle registration and handicap placard information.

Officials are urging driver’s license holders to take the following steps to safeguard their identity with the following steps:

  1. Prevent unauthorized new account activity and monitor credit
  2. Change all your passwords
  3. Protect your tax refund, returns with the Internal Revenue Service
  4. Check your Social Security benefits

Gov. John Bel Edwards met with the Unified Command Group at 11 a.m. Thursday to be briefed on the incident, where he instructed the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), Louisiana State Police (LSP), and the Office of Technology Services (OTS) to act to inform Louisianans of the breach and their best next steps as soon as possible.

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