Utah DMV Acknowledges Security Breach

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that an employee of the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles was fired on March 11 for allegedly sharing confidential information from DMV databases (h/t DataBreaches.net).

According to Fox 13’s Ben Winslow, a recently unsealed search warrant states that the woman “admitted to using her computer access, as an employee of the Utah State Division of Motor Vehicles, to illegally acquire personal information about private citizens.”

“I believe she stated she’s been doing it for 14 years,” Salt Lake City Fire Marshal Martha Ellis told Fox 13.

The woman allegedly shared DMV information for the purpose of committing crimes — she was caught following her alleged involvement in setting a car fire that appeared to be a response to an incident of road rage.

“I almost hit this woman and caused an accident,” Lexie Atencio told Fox 13. “She took it to a whole other level and decided to have someone come and torch my car.”

The data allegedly accessed includes names, mailing addresses, and vehicle makes, models, and vehicle identification numbers.

DMV spokesman Charlie Roberts told the Salt Lake Tribune that it’s not clear how many people may be affected. The DMV has 2.5 million records.

According to Roberts, the DMV was already upgrading its software security prior to the discovery of the breach. The new system is expected to be online by October.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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