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Personal information of commercial truckers potentially exposed at ITD

Two email accounts at the Idaho Transportation Department could have exposed personal information of commercial truckers with registered rigs in Idaho. (KBOI File Photo)

Two email accounts at the Idaho Transportation Department could have exposed personal information of commercial truckers with registered rigs in Idaho. This information includes Social Security and credit card numbers.

State Information Security Director Jeff Weak said ITD’s Division of Motor Vehicles has identified and notified the attack.

The attack happened in mid-December when the department discovered a spam email being sent out through the account that was hacked into. ITD is working with a cyber security company and the Governors office to figure out what exactly has been compromised in the attack.

At this point, 140 individuals and companies whose information may have been compromised have been identified and notified. So far, those individuals have not responded with any activity to their accounts.

One exposed email account 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. According to ITD, a single individual’s personal information may be duplicated multiple times in those totals.

“We take the security of our information very seriously we have experts dedicated to that, state has experts that are dedicated to that and so when something like this happens we want to take every precaution to make sure it never happens again. We jumped on this right away and we feel we cut off what was happening almost immediately, within a day,” said Vince Trimboli.

Idaho Transportation Department continues to investigate the extent of the incident, the cause, and what information may have been affected.

“We are working closely with the ITD team and the Department of Administration to determine whether any personal data was actually breached,” Weak said. “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.”

This attack is not related to the DMV licensing problems the department has recently had. ITD puts their employees through an online cyber security training to be able to acknowledge these types of hacks through email.

Moving forward, the department has been using training tools such as fake phishing attacks through email with their employees as a reminder to be vigilant with opening certain emails. They hope to find out very soon what information has been exactly compromised and what happened.

For more information about the incident and the potential compromise of personal information, contact Vince Trimboli at 208-334-8005 or Vincent.trimboli@itd.idaho.gov.

This story will be updated


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