The department did not immediately respond to a request for further information. As part of its investigation, the department conducts a legal audit of its systems and requests information from both the external supplier that processes DMV`s credit card transactions and the credit card companies themselves, Botello said. “There is currently no evidence of a direct violation of the DMV`s computer system,” department spokesman Armando Botello said in a statement. “However, the DMV cautioned and opened an investigation into possible security violations with government and federal law enforcement in the interest of protecting sensitive information for California drivers. This link can also generate pre-filled security instructions and recertification forms provided to account users to update information and renew their annual signatures. California DMV requires that anyone with access to personal information about DMV data be required to sign an Information Security Statement (INF 1128) and certify this form annually. “Protecting the identity and security of our customers is a top priority for us and we are fully aware of the possible consequences of a security breach,” says Botello. “The department has implemented enhanced oversight of all DMV traffic and credit card transactions.” The California Department of Motor Vehicles is investigating a possible credit card breach after being informed by law enforcement of a “potential security issue within its credit card processing services,” as stated in a DMV statement. This is the latest in a series of high-level injury reports, including Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus. In a recent incident during the payment card breach, Sally Beauty originally said that her point-of-sale network was not compromised after a cyberattack. However, after further investigation, it finally acknowledged that less than 25,000 records containing payment cards had been illegally recovered.
The California DMV completed more than 11.9 million online transactions in 2012, a 6 percent increase over 2011, according to a department press release.