California's Department of Motor Vehicles is warning of a potential data
breach after a contractor was hit by ransomware.
The Seattle-based Automatic Funds Transfer Services (AFTS), which the DMV
said it has used for verifying changes of address with the national database
since 2019, was hit by an unspecified strain of ransomware earlier this
In a statement sent by email, the DMV said that the attack may have
compromised “the last 20 months of California vehicle registration records
that contain names, addresses, license plate numbers and vehicle
identification numbers.” But the DMV said AFTS does not have access to
customers' Social Security numbers, dates of birth, voter registration,
immigration status or driver's license information, and was not compromised.