HOUSTON – According to database company Vertafore, Texas drivers’ information may have been disclosed during an infringement.
The company released a statement on Friday attributing three data files, stored on an unsecured external storage service and accessed by unauthorized personnel, to human error.
Here’s what the company says about the breach.
The files contained driver information for licenses issued prior to February 2019. That information included Texas driver’s license numbers, names, dates of birth, addresses, and vehicle registration histories, the company said. According to the company, there were no social security numbers or financial information on the files.
According to Vertafore, no customer data or other data, including partner, supplier or other supplier data or systems hosted for them, was affected. According to a press release, the files were maintained to support a specific product within Vertafore’s insurance valuation solutions.
According to the company, the affected files have been backed up and an investigation is ongoing. The violation has also been reported to the Texas Attorney General, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, and US federal agencies. Vertafore said it actively supports law enforcement.
In addition to the company’s actions, Vertafore is offering all affected parties one year of free credit monitoring and identity restoration. More information can be found here.
The Texas Department of Public Security released the following statement regarding the incident:
“There were no violations of the Texas Driver License System or any other DPS database. The department is aware of the data event that occurred at Vertafore. The Texas Attorney General, DPS, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and US law enforcement are all look into the matter.
“The latest Vertafore press release may be useful. We refer you to it for more information.
“Texans who are concerned that fraudulent activity has occurred in connection with their driver’s license can refer to the Identity Theft Information Guide on the DPS website.”
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