Florida CCW Data Stolen During Network Intrusion

Unfortunately, we need to add the firearms industry to the growing list of data breach victims. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the agency that processes Concealed Weapons Licenses for Florida residents, just announced that a data breach exposed 16,000 licensee’s information to an unknown source. Another nearly 500 individuals had their social security numbers stolen, prompting free credit protection services.

Now, the leaking of what appears to be just names of 16k out of an estimated 2.5 million legal concealed carriers in Florida may not seem to be a big deal. However, we should all be concerned about how agencies safeguard our personal identification information. Firearms related or not .

CCW Data Stolen – Associated Press:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Officials say hackers may have obtained the names of more than 16,000 people who have Florida concealed weapon permits.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Monday they had discovered a data breach of the online payment system that processes payments for applications and permits.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has ordered a review of the department’s cybersecurity measures. State law enforcement is investigating the breach, which authorities suspect originated from overseas.

The agency stated that no financial information was obtained.

The department also warned that the breach may have revealed the social security numbers of 469 customers. The agency plans on offering free credit protection for one year to these individuals.

The Florida Legislature in 2006 passed a law that made the names of concealed weapon permit holders confidential.



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  • If this had happened in NY or CA I wouldn’t believe for an instant that it was an accident, but in FL it’s pretty clearly just an indication that Florida Man’s day job is DACS Sysadmin.

    • deserada

      If you were the least bit aware of Florida’s (recent) history in firearm law there wouldn’t be a doubt in your mind.

    • Nathan Alred

      Wouldn’t a real Florida Man story include at least a passing reference to an alligator, or at least a homing pigeon with a tiny backpack full of Ecstasy?

  • jonp

    Why is it awesome to be born and raised in a state like Vermont where you don’t have to ask the government if you can carry a weapon or register it with anyone? This is why

    • USMC_grunt2009-2013

      Not bad for the place Bernie Sanders crawled out of.

      • jonp

        Bernie is from NY not Vermont. He is a carpet bagger like the other people from away that moved in and ruined the state.

        • Dougscamo

          Got the same problem here in VA with McAuliffe….(grumbling under breath)….

          • supergun

            When the citizens allow people such as these men to inhabit honorable positions, then those positions be DISHONORABLE.

        • A.WChuck

          Same down here in the South.

          • jonp

            Easy now. I moved south after the people from away moved in and destroyed the state and it’s economy. Had to work so here I am. NRA Life and a Conservative Libertarian. About as redneck as they come

          • Dougscamo

            See….that’s the difference between a Yankee and a damn yankee….you came south for a living (Yankee), not to run for office (damn yankee)….

          • supergun

            He is way more than that. Can not use words to describe. Will get banned from Country.

          • A.WChuck

            No insult meant, I’m in the same boat as you.

          • supergun

            They infect everyone involved.

          • Dougscamo

            I just re-read this! If you don’t think that VA is in the South then you need to brush up on the war of northern aggression….!
            Southern….just not DEEP South!

          • A.WChuck

            Lol, I was replying quickly and did not mean to disparage true Southerners from the fine State of Virginia! You have my apology , Sir. 😉

          • Dougscamo

            No offense taken….suh….

          • supergun

            At one time, Virginia is SOUTH thru and thru. They have be infected by the heathens form the north.

        • supergun

          Has deep roots in communism.

      • supergun

        Got some good gun dealers up there. Wonder how he is still living there?

    • supergun

      The President of the United States of American should make it possible for all American Citizens, including the leftist liberals to be able to exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights as intended by the Genius Founding Fathers, but has been trampled upon by idiots of stupidity.

  • Gregory

    This is what happens when government agencies are forced to use the cheapest bidder for their IT systems.

    • A.WChuck

      Like almost everyone else, they likely use a 3rd party payment processor to handle the credit card charges. The breach was at the “payment system” according to the story above. These CC payment processors seemed to get breached often.

  • Dougscamo

    “16k out of an estimated 2.5k legal concealed carriers in Florida may
    not seem to be a big deal.” HUH?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Million. Corrected. Thanks.

  • Mystick

    Another example of how the government is not a good steward for our data and therefore cannot be trusted with it.

    • Paul Rain

      Please to be restarting the firewall.

  • Angel Benitez

    I’m a permit holder from Florida, how do I know if I’m one of the unlucky 16,000 ?

    • Mrl

      Call the Dept. of Agriculture. The # is on the back of your CCW card. They will then give you a # to call to find out.

    • Ranger Rick

      When you start receiving the bills.

      • Angel Benitez

        Rick you were on the money .
        They attempted to open a bank account in my Name and have since tried on more time .
        I can’t prove the connection but I’ll wager it was through this breach in security .

  • Rickey Morris

    I’m surprised that the Agriculture Department is the supervising Agency in Florida for Concealed Carry Licensees. Isn’t it normally the highest law enforcement agency in each county, (normally the Sheriff) ? How common across the other states is it to have unrelated agencies handling the oversight? Curiosity~

    • A.WChuck

      Ag Dept handles the hunting licenses so I guess they thought it a good fit.

  • 22winmag

    Let the lawsuits begin!

  • Sam Damiano

    it was the Russians! Where is the outrage from the DNC for greater cyber security?
    (Just laugh and keep reading.)

    • Blake

      Jesus I seriously hope I am misunderstanding your comment. You aren’t really so blinded by political loyalty that you would disregard the mountain of evidence that Russian players manipulated our election are you?

      • Sam Damiano

        The DNC tried to blame Congress when they were first hacked. My point is the DNC won’t give a crap about a CCW database being hacked.