The privacy of thousands of Florida concealed carry permit holders has been violated after their names were obtained during a massive data breach perpetrated by a group of overseas hackers earlier this week.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that the breach occurred through its online payment system which processes applications and permits. The names of 16,190 concealed weapon licensees—which adds up to less than one percent of the total number of CCW permits—was acquired, but “no other individually identifying information of the concealed weapon licensees was compromised.”
Only licensees who renewed online had their names accessed. “Other information possibly accessed per the data breach is all public information and poses no risk of identity theft,” officials said.
As a result of the data breach, the social security numbers of some 469 customers “may have” been obtained as well, the statement reads. Free credit protection for one year is being offered to those individuals.
Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has ordered a review of his department’s cybersecurity measures, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is helping with the investigation.
According to Guns.com, there are currently over 1.7 million concealed carry permits in Florida, which is more than any other state. Under state law, it’s illegal to publicly disclose a license holder’s information without a court order, law enforcement subpoena or the expressed permission of the licensee.
If you’re a Florida concealed carry permit holder and you think you may have been affected by the data breach, call 1-800-350-1119 for more information.
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