290,000 driver’s license records stolen from US government computers

290,000 driver’s license records stolen from US government computersA set of data has been listed for sale on the dark web that purports to hold over a quarter of a million driver’s license records, claims the International Business Times.

According to the hacker, who uses the alias ‘NSA’, the data include names, date of births, addresses, ZIP codes, phone numbers, and email addresses. The data also reportedly contains details about drivers’ infringements such as speeding, theft, and even murder.

The Real Deal, like all dark web-hosted marketplaces, accepts payment in Bitcoin, which is a form of cryptocurrency that makes online purchases anonymous.

Government has suffered string of data breaches recently

Last year, the government confirmed data was stolen from the Office of Personnel Management, compromising 21.5 million people. Later that year, files containing 5.6 million federal employees’ fingerprints were stolen.

Below, The Atlantic has plotted out a timeline of government data breaches.

OPM Hacks

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