California DMV Admits Credit Card Breach

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently announced that an undisclosed number of customers' credit card information may have been exposed when the vendor that processes its online credit card transactions was breached (h/t KrebsOnSecurity).

According to KrebsOnSecurity's Brian Krebs, the vendor in question is Georgia-based Elavon, and the exposed data includes card numbers, expiration dates and security codes.

In response to the breach, DMV public information officer Armando Botello says the department has implemented "heightened monitoring" of Web site traffic and credit card transactions.

"We will immediately notify any affected DMV customers as quickly as possible if we find any issue," Botello said in a statement. "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."

While it's unclear at this point how many DMV customers are affected, Krebs notes that Californians conducted more than 11.9 million online transactions with the DMV in 2012 alone.

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