The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Idaho Department of Fish and Game both reported there was “unauthorized access of the system” discovered around August 23. The data breaches are tied to Active Network, a company that owns and operates the licensing systems.
According to ODFW, the breach impacted records from before September 2007, for both resident and nonresident tags and licenses. Social Security numbers and credit card information wasn’t exposed, but information like driver’s license numbers, name, gender, date of birth, address, telephone and email were accessed, the site says.
Since the breach, license purchasing in both Oregon and Idaho has been limited as the departments ironed out the details. ODFW says licenses and tags may be purchased at their offices and hundreds of businesses statewide, and the department is updating its website regularly with information on alternative ways to apply for what you need this fall.
Active Network has said they will soon be contacting affected customers by mail. In the meantime, ODFW recommends license buyers assume their information was accessed and monitor their financial accounts and credit history for any signs of suspicious activity.
Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest suggests doing the following:
- Check financial accounts. Look at your bank, credit and debit card statements for any charges that aren’t yours, and make sure you report fraud to your bank right away.
- Check your credit. Go to annualcreditreport.com from a secure WiFi connection. You will need to enter your Social Security number, so don’t do this from a public computer or WiFi. Each of the credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and Transunion, give you a free look at your credit report annually. You can check one today, one in four months, and the third four months later so you are regularly seeing activity. You are looking for anything on that report that isn’t yours, and once again, report fraud right away.
For more information on spotting and recovering from identity theft, visit our website, bbb.org/northwest.