Newsletters
Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Contact Centers Business Intelligence More Topics...
UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash
Deploy flash memory technology to
deliver peak workload performance.

Find out more>>
Customer Data
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
California DMV Investigates Possible Security Breach

California DMV Investigates Possible Security Breach
By Seth Fitzgerald

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

Solutions to security breaches like the potential breach at the California DMV aren’t cheap or simple. However, the California DMV, other government agencies, and businesses would be better protected by building security into systems and processes from the very beginning, not by bolting on inadequate solutions after the fact, said analyst Charles King.
 


The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in California may have suffered a widespread security breach, leaving millions of online customers open to credit card fraud. Despite a lack of evidence, police and the DMV have warned that a breach may have occurred and “out of an abundance of caution," the DMV has opened an investigation.

Security blogger Brian Krebs first reported on the issue and provided evidence from multiple banks that had received alerts from MasterCard. Even though the alert did not state where the breach occurred, subsequent information from the DMV has revealed what may have happened. While not providing extensive details about the breach, the agency said it had not yet found evidence to suggest that its computer system had been hacked.

As of March 21, the DMV still did not know if the breach affected its payment processor or the actual credit card companies. Both of those scenarios take the blame away from the DMV, even though there is still no public evidence to suggest that its system was not compromised. “In its investigation, the department is performing a forensic review of its systems and seeking information regarding any potential breach from both the external vendor that processes the DMV’s credit card transactions and the credit card companies themselves,” the California DMV said in a statement.

Massive Scale

Conservative estimates that are based on public DMV data suggest that if the breach did occur, there are millions of potential victims. Recent attacks, like the one against Target at the end of last year that compromised the credit and debit card data of some 70 million customers are much larger than the possible DMV breach. However, the DMV’s own statistics reveal that many of its payments come from online transactions, which are at the center of the investigation.

In 2012, there were nearly 12 million online transactions covering license renewals, ID renewals, vehicle registrations, etc. Based upon those numbers, there is an average of 1 million payments each month. The original MasterCard alert warned that transactions between August 2013 and January 2014 were potentially compromised, meaning that as many as 6 million payments could be at risk.

A String Of Attacks

The potential California DMV breach is unique in that it would have affected a government-run institution, but credit card fraud as a result of security breaches is not uncommon. The Target hack has brought these security breaches into the public spectrum.

We asked Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, for his opinion on the recent string of security breaches that have left millions of credit cards open to fraud. He told us that businesses -- both private and public -- use systems that have many potential weak points and trying to patch all of them is a difficult job.

“It isn’t that these systems are essentially incapable of being secured so much as it is that there are so many potential points of intrusion and breakdown,” King said. “The solutions to these problems aren’t cheap or simple but businesses can afford themselves greater protection by building security into systems and processes from the very beginning, not by bolting on inadequate solutions after the fact."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash Why wait for the future? Unlock the potential of your applications and create new business opportunities today with UCS Invicta Series Solid State Systems. Take advantage of the power of flash technology. See how it can help accelerate IT, eliminate data center bottlenecks, and deliver the peak application performance and predictability your users demand. Click here to learn more.


 Customer Data
1.   Target Data Breach Cost: $148 Million
2.   Supervalu Suffers a Data Breach
3.   Experian Debuts Anti-Fraud Platform
4.   Facebook's Security Chief Questioned
5.   Black Hat: Security Threats Aplenty


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
UPS Stores in 24 States Hit by Data Breach
Big Brown has been breached. UPS said that about 105,000 customer transactions at 51 of its UPS Store locations in 24 states could have been compromised between January and August.
 
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 
Aruba Networks Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
It's not an easy job. Aruba Networks' task throughout the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas this month was to ensure thousands of attendees could connect without malicious attacks.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
Businesses everywhere want computing solutions that do more for less money, and Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 
Aruba Networks Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
It's not an easy job. Aruba Networks' task throughout the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas this month was to ensure thousands of attendees could connect without malicious attacks.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Glass Adds Voice Access to Phone Contacts
The latest update to Google Glass will let users access their top 20 phone contacts with voice commands alone. A user can then choose a phone call, Google hangouts, e-mail or text messaging.
 
Samsung, B&N Target Amazon with Nook Tablet
They've seen the enemy and it is Amazon. So Samsung and Barnes & Noble are teaming up to combat their common foe with a 7-inch tablet that blends Samsung’s tech, Nook’s content and e-reader platform.
 
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 

Navigation
CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Contact Centers | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.