Washington Courts Security Breach Exposes Up to 160,000 SSNs


The Washington State courts system recently announced that breaches were discovered in late February and March of this year that may have exposed as many as 160,000 Social Security numbers and up to a million drivers license numbers (h/t DataBreaches.net).

While the vast majority of the exposed data was public information, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) says the Social Security numbers of people who had been booked into a city or county jail in the state between September 2011 and December 2012 may have been accessed, along with the names and drivers license numbers of people who received a DUI citation in Washington State between 1989 and 2011, had a traffic case in the state filed or resolved in a district or municipal court between 2011 and 2012, or had a superior court criminal case in Washington State filed or resolved between 2011 and 2012.

The AOC says it has since implemented "significant security enhancements" to protect its systems and data.