160,000 Social Security numbers and 1 million driver license numbers exposed in hack of WA Administrative Office of the Courts

Rachel La Corte reports:

The Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts was hacked in February, and up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and 1 million driver license numbers may have been accessed during the data breach of its public website.

Officials with the courts announced Thursday that so far, it has been confirmed that 94 Social Security numbers were obtained. Initially, authorities didn’t think confidential information was taken, but following an investigation by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the broader breach was confirmed in April, said courts spokeswoman Wendy Ferrell.

Read more on KOMO News.  Somewhat surprisingly (to me, anyway):

Ferrell said that there is no active law enforcement investigation at this time, but people who believe they are at risk should take precautions to monitor credit.

Why is there no active law enforcement investigation of a hack involving the state?

Update: see later post for details on how the breach occurred.

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