Report Says 6 Million Louisiana OMV Records Impacted in June Hack
Back in June of this year, a cyber attack on Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles compromised the records and information of drivers all over the state. A new report from a cyber security group says that a whopping 6 million records were impacted by the attack.
Previously, the OMV couldn't put an exact number on how many records had been compromised.
However, information from the completed investigation has found the numbers are higher than anyone previously thought.
According to WBRZ, the Identity Theft Resource Center released its findings on the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles hack in June of 2023.
The investigation has found information and records of 6 million Louisiana drivers were exposed in the hack.
From WBRZ -
"OMV believes that all Louisianans with a state-issued driver’s license, ID, or car registration have likely had the data exposed.
TRC Chief Operating Officer James E. Lee said that the state’s OMV wasn’t the only agency targeted in the hack. Around 160 organizations, including schools, businesses, and government agencies were all victims."
The main step you can take to protect yourself is to make sure your personal information is monitored.
The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection from LifeLock for a year to any residents who believe their personal information may have been compromised.
From nextsteps.la.gov -
"Through thorough analysis, OMV determined that the files involved in the incident contained the personal information of individuals who applied for and/or were issued a Louisiana driver's license, identification card, and/or vehicle registration."
To sign up for credit monitoring and identity theft protection, visit nextsteps.la.gov.