Reader Andy L sent me this:
Last Thursday, the ISP confirmed that their FOID (Firearm Owners Identification) card portal had been hit with a cyber attack, and that about 2,000 Illinoisans who have FOID cards may have had their information compromised:
“Out of necessity, some of the online account parameters put in place for ease of use and convenience years ago have been appropriately modified and tightened to prevent unauthorized users from attempting to further expand the extent of the identify fraud.”
The ISP news release points out that they’re reaching out to those 2,000 FOID card holders who may have had their personal info stolen.
Illinois’ FOID Card System Hit By Cyber Attack
Besides the obvious info required to steal identities, this breach has provided a nice sexy shopping list for burglars to go find themselves some free guns, courtesy of the Illinois government. Did you notice the “parameters” explanation? It sounds like they had some 1990s security running or maybe their access password was “password 1”
Anyway, if you needed yet another reason why any kind of firearm registration is dumb and dangerous, you can add this to the always lengthening list.
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Who says Illinois is hard on private enterprise? Look at all the assistance they provide the … independent contractor community.
“1990s security running or… password was “password 1”” State of IL IT. Would not be surprised.
This is entirely the fault of Illinois residents who own guns. If those knuckle-dragging, cousin-humping, rednecks didn’t own firearms, the state wouldn’t need a database, and thus there would not have been a security breach.
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