The Target security breach has caused many organizations to take a good long look at their security systems. This was a single piece of malware that was able to compromise the data of roughly 110 million customers. Any organization could find itself in a similar situation if it does not have the right security protocols in place.
According to an article from The Los Angeles Times, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported last week that there has been a potential breach of its credit card processing services. However, the evidence suggesting such a thing actually happened is hard to find.
The incident was brought to light by a statement released by the DMV. It read that while there is no evidence at this time of an actual breach of the organization's computer system, it has opened up an investigation into a potential breach. This is being done in conjunction with state and federal laws, as well as with the interest of protecting customers' sensitive data.
The belief is that credit card numbers, expiration dates and three digit security codes that are printed on the back were the main target, but other information like driver's license and Social Security numbers could have been taken.
"Protecting the identity and security of our customers is our highest priority and we fully understand the potential impact any breach of security can have. The department has implemented heightened monitoring of all DMV website traffic and credit card transactions," the statement read. "We will immediately notify any affected DMV customers as quickly as possible if we find any issue."
A recent article from security blogger Brian Krebs found that there could be more to the story. He reported that many financial institutions have received private notifications from MasterCard warning of suspicious activity with charges marked "STATE OF CALIF DMV INT."
The card provider added that it is also investigating reports of the breach at the DMV. This includes reaching out to its customers to inform them of the incident and gathering additional information.
A spokesperson from Visa declined to comment on any potential third party data compromises or ongoing investigations.
This situation is still developing and the actual scope is unknown. However, it shows that any business that makes transactions can suddenly become the victim. With the help of a credit card payment processor that understands recent security trends, any business can improve its overall operations and be the best prepared for any potential attack.