The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees concealed-weapons licensing, announced on Tuesday overseas hackers had stolen the private information of over 16,000 gun owners.
“Names of 16,190 concealed weapon licensees, which is less than one percent of total number of concealed weapon licensees, may also have been obtained,” the agency said in a statement.
The breach, first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, is being investigated by the department. Agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam has ordered a “comprehensive review” of cybersecurity measures in the wake of the hack. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also involved in the investigation of the matter.
The Department of Agriculture said that, in addition to the private information of over 16,000 gun owners being taken, 469 people also had their Social Security numbers stolen in the hack. To help protect those people, the agency is offering free credit monitoring for a year.
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