Hackers raid Washington state court system to steal 160,000 SSNs, 1M driver's license numbers

Share this article:
Hackers raid Washington state court system to steal 160,000 SSNs, 1M driver's license numbers
Hackers raid Washington state court system to steal 160,000 SSNs, 1M driver's license numbers

A hack on the public website of the Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has led to the compromised sensitive data of individuals whose cases were making their way through the state court system.

How many victims? One million.

What type of personal information? Names, Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers.

What happened? The attack public website took place in February. An ensuing investigation led by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center confirmed the scale of the breach in April.

According to courts spokeswoman Wendy Ferrell, those affected by the incident either were booked into a city or county jail in the state between September 2011 and December 2012, received DUI citations between 1989 through 2011, had traffic cases filed between 2011 and 2012, or had a superior court criminal case filed against them or resolved between 2011 and 2012.

Thus far, court officials have confirmed that 94 Social Security numbers have been accessed. Once the breach was confirmed, increased security was added to the website.

What was the response? A website and hot line to answer questions related to the breach was set up. Ferrell has recommended that victims should monitor their credit.

Quote: “The AOC data beach is a sobering reminder for each and every branch and every level of government that protection, Washington state's CISO, said.

Source: www.komonews.com, Komo News, Associated Press 160,000 Soc. Security numbers exposed in court system hack,” May 9, 2013.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

POLL

More in The Data Breach Blog

Backup hard drive stolen from law firm contained personal info

Social security numbers were among the information on a backup hard drive that was stolen from an employee of Imhoff and Associates, PC.

POS malware infections at two OTTO pizzeria locations in Maine

About 900 customers at two OTTO pizzeria locations in Portland, Maine, had payment card data compromised after POS malware was discovered on terminals.

Los Angeles-based health system breached; more than 500 patients affected

Personal information on more than 500 Cedars-Sinai Health System patients was compromised after a laptop was stolen from an employee's home.