GOSHEP recommends residents protect their accounts after major cyberattack and data breach

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A massive software breach could possibly affect Louisianans that have a state-issued ID, driver’s license, and/or vehicles registered with the Office of Motor Vehicles. Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security Casey Tingle urges residents to take preemptive measures to secure their accounts.

“Those measures include freezing and monitoring your credit. We have posted on NextSteps.LA.gov the numbers and web links for all three services,” said Tingle.

The three credit monitoring services are Experian, Equifax, and Transunion.

Louisiana is not the only state impacted by the cyberattack, the third-party data transfer service MOVEit is widely used around the world. Tingle said they know passwords were not included in the data that was involved in the breach.

“We are recommending as a best practice that people change their passwords as soon as possible and on an ongoing basis the best practice is to change passwords every 90 days,” said Tingle.

Tingle said if you see unusual activity on your credit card, bank account or any other financial account notify the company associated with the account immediately.

“It’s also a good practice to protect your tax refund and returns with the Internal Revenue Service and to check your Social Security benefits and to report any suspected identity theft,” said Tingle.

Tingle said this is an ongoing investigation and they will provide updates on their website. For more information visit NextSteps.LA.gov.

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