Law enforcement officials detected a potential security issues with the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s credit card processing system, but currently there is no sign of a direct breach of the department’s computer system.
Armando Botello, the public information officer for DMV, said the department is performing a forensic review of its systems and seeking information regarding any potential breach from both the external vendor that processes DMV’s credit card transactions and the credit card companies themselves.
“Protecting the identity and security of our customers is our highest priority and we fully understand the potential impact any breach of security can have,” Botello said in a statement. “The department has implemented heightened monitoring of all DMV website traffic and credit card transactions. We will immediately notify any affected DMV customers as quickly as possible if we find any issue.”
DMV customers have been encouraged to closely monitor their credit card statements and transactions for any fraudulent or unusual activity and report it to their credit card company immediately.
Californians with questions about fraud or identity theft can access important information through this DMV Identity Fraud Fact Sheet.