California DMV Says Drivers’ Credit Card Data Might Have Been Breached

Here we go again: Now that we’ve all gotten used to security breaches, why not throw another one on top of Target and the rest? The California Department of Motor Vehicles says there’s a possible data security breach in its credit card processing services, though there’s no evidence of a hack yet.

There are no details yet about how the breach happened, if it did indeed happen at all, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. But even the suggestion that it happened is likely an unwelcome thought to those driver who pay fees to the DMV online, especially amidst other hacks on Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers.

Law enforcement informed the DMV about the potential breach this weekend, and the department says protecting its customers is its “highest priority.”

“The department has implemented heightened monitoring of all DMV website traffic and credit card transactions. We will immediately notify any affected DMV customers as quickly as possible if we find any issue,” said Armando Botello, public information officer for the DMV. DMV customers are also encouraged to closely monitor their credit card statements and transactions for any fraudulent or unusual activity and report it to their credit card company immediately.”

California DMV reports possible breach of credit card data [San Francisco Chronicle]

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