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Idaho fishing, hunting licenses again available by phone after hack

A screen capture of a Sept. 2 forum post by “MrHigh,” a hacker who is thought to have illegally accessed personal data on state-run Fish and Game websites in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Kentucky. Some 6.5 million users are potentially affected. The hacker asks what “precautions would be wise” in the face of an ongoing investigation by authorities.
A screen capture of a Sept. 2 forum post by “MrHigh,” a hacker who is thought to have illegally accessed personal data on state-run Fish and Game websites in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Kentucky. Some 6.5 million users are potentially affected. The hacker asks what “precautions would be wise” in the face of an ongoing investigation by authorities.

The state Department of Fish and Game restored its phone licensing system as it recovers step by step from a data breach threat that forced the system offline Aug. 24.

The number to call is 1-800-554-8685. Delivery by mail takes 7-10 days. Licenses are also available in person at 400 businesses throughout the state and at Fish and Game offices.

A hacker is thought to have accessed personal information of up to 6.5 million users who obtained hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Kentucky. The hacker announced the breach online on Aug. 22.

Some 788,000 Idaho licensees might have had their information accessed. The outside vendor that runs the licensing operation is contacting affected parties. A law enforcement investigation is continuing.

Bill Dentzer: 208-377-6438, @IDSBillD

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