Data Breach: California Gun Owners’ Private Data Gets Leaked

Exploit: Human Error

Risk to Business: Moderate

The California Department of Justice has disclosed a messy data breach courtesy of its Firearms Dashboard Portal. In the course of an update in late June, user data for anyone who had applied for a concealed carry firearms permit from 2011 through 2021 using the site was exposed for an estimated 24 hours in an unsecured spreadsheet.  Data was also exposed on several other state-maintained gun-related online dashboards, including the Assault Weapon Registry, Handguns Certified for Sale, Dealer Record of Sale, Firearm Safety Certificate and Gun Violence Restraining Order dashboards.

Individual Risk: Moderate

User data that may have been exposed includes names, dates of birth, gender, race, driver license numbers, addresses, and criminal histories. Social Security numbers and financial information were not involved.

Stress on your Business:

SMBs that handle or store large amounts of data have been high on cybercriminal shopping lists, particularly in recent months.

How Sieve can help:

If you have ever received a data breach notification, it is essential you understand what is at risk and what you can do about it. To learn more about how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft contact us at 414.238.2110 or at [email protected] and we will provide you with specific tools that protect you from today’s security risks.

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