Utah DMV reveals data breach discovered in March

Michael McFall reports:

A Utah Division of Motor Vehicles employee was fired in March after the agency discovered she allegedly gave out people’s personal information.

In response to a Salt Lake Tribune inquiry, DMV spokesman Charlie Roberts confirmed that the agency first learned from the Salt Lake City Fire Department in mid-March that the employee, who was not immediately identified, had allegedly released Utahns’ confidential information taken from DMV databases.

Read more on Salt Lake Tribune,  Fox13 provides additional details suggesting that this may have been going on for a long time and that the information was being used to commit crimes such as revenge arson.

This is not the first time we’ve seen reports of insider breaches resulting in non-financial crimes. A case in Canada comes to mind, where an employee allegedly gave out contact information on  dozens of people, many of whom then had their homes fire-bombed or found themselves shot at.

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