Idaho Fish and Game released more information
about a data breach that caused it to shut down online sales at the height of license and tag sales
earlier this week.
IFG halted online sales Aug. 23 after it learned of a potential data breach. In an Aug. 26 press release, IFG stated "personal information for license buyers who began purchasing hunting and fishing licenses and tags prior to 2008 was potentially accessed by a breach of the online computer license sales system owned and operated by Active Network," the Texas-based company that administers IFG's online sales.
Potentially compromised data may include names, ages, addresses and Social Security numbers, but not credit card information. No word has been issued as to how many people may have been affected by the breach, if any.
“This is a serious matter and we encourage all license holders who may potentially be affected to take proactive steps to protect themselves,” IFG Deputy Director Ed Schriever said in the release. “We apologize to our license buyers and will continue to work with Active Network to get to the bottom of this.”
Anyone who believes they may be affected is encouraged to watch their financial information, as well as watch for signs of identity theft
Though online tag and license sales have been shut down until a third party can verify the online point of sale security, they are still sold at more than 400 locations across Idaho.