NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Motorists who were issued moving violation traffic tickets in certain Suffolk County towns may have had their driver’s license information compromised during a September cyberattack on the county government, officials announced Wednesday.
The information of about 470,000 people was exposed during the Sept. 8 hack, which shut down certain municipal functions for months, according to the county.
The hackers accessed driver’s license numbers for anyone issued moving violations by county police in Babylon, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip and Smithtown between 2013 and September 2022.
Those who provided their driver’s license or passport to the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency during that time in order to pay for a ticket by credit card may also be exposed.
Parking tickets, traffic light camera violations and school bus camera violations did not contain driver’s license information unless paid for by credit card.
The county pledged to offer one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to anyone affected by the hack.
Residents must activate the service by Feb. 17.
Officials recommended affected residents find more information at https://www.suffolkcounty.kroll.com/, but the website was down as of Wednesday afternoon.
“The protection of personal, sensitive information is a top priority for the County,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “The identity protection services the county is offering through Kroll will help provide peace of mind to individuals who may have had specific pieces of their personal information exposed.”