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Hackers may have exposed commercial trucker information

The social security and credit information of hundreds of commercial truckers may have been exposed, according to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s office Monday.

The Idaho Transportation Department said two e-mail accounts were hacked, exposing the personal information of truckers whose rigs are registered in Idaho. The hacks included Social Security and credit card numbers.

Idaho Information Security Director Jeff Weak said ITD’s Division of Motor Vehicles has identified and notified about 140 individuals and companies whose information may have been exposed in the mid-December attack.

“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.”

One e-mail 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. However, ITD said a single individual’s personal information may be duplicated multiple times in those totals.

The Governor’s office said ITD continues to investigate the extent of the incident, its cause, and what information may have been compromised.

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