Louisiana Data Breach Involving Your Driver’s License Info
SHREVEPORT, LA - If you have a Louisiana driver's license, you will want to know about this.
There has been a massive data breach involving the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV). The state agency is just one of many government agencies to be affected by the unprecedented MOVEit data breach.
MOVEit is a data transfer service used to send large files. We are now learning that some very sensitive data may have been compromised in this cyber attack.
State officials say right now, there is no indication if the cyber attackers have sold or shared any of the data at this point. The state has not been contacted by the cyber attackers at this point.
What Should You Do?
If you have a state issued driver’s license, ID, or car registration you should take steps to protect your security.
1. Prevent Unauthorized New Account Openings or Loans and Monitor Your Credit
Individuals can freeze and unfreeze their credit for free, which stops others from opening new accounts and borrowing money in your name. Freezing your credit does not prevent the use of any existing credit cards or bank accounts. Freezing your credit may be done quickly online or by contacting the three major credit bureaus by phone:
Experian 1-888-397-3742 www.experian.com/freeze
Equifax 1-800-685-1111 www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/credit-freeze/
TransUnion (888) 909-8872 www.transunion.com/credit-freeze
Please also request and review your credit report from these agencies to look for suspicious activity.
2. Change All Passwords
As an additional precaution, consider changing all passwords for online accounts (examples: banking, social media, and healthcare portals) in the event your personal data was used to access these accounts. Utilize multi-factor authentication when able. Learn more about password protection at www.CISA.gov.
3. Protect Your Tax Refund and Returns with the Internal Revenue Service
4. Check your Social Security Benefits5. Report Suspected Identity Theft
What Information Was Exposed?
Social Security Number
Driver’s License Number
Vehicle Registration Information
Handicap Placard Information