I suppose there’s one bit of good news for the tens of thousands of Illinois residents who’ve been waiting for a year or more for their Firearm Owner ID cards; thanks to the lengthy delays by the Illinois State Police their information wasn’t yet entered into a database that was the recent target of hackers attempting to gain access to the personal details of FOID card holders.
The official story from the Illinois State Police, at least at first, was that there was an “attempted” breach of personal information, but that hackers weren’t able to actually gain access. Over at The Truth About Guns, however, John Boch reported that he’s been hearing something different from a few local gun shops.
The Illinois State Police have reportedly told some gun dealers that hackers breached their security protocols. The gun dealers sharing this information with me wished to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution from the Governor’s office.
What’s more, according to those inside the ISP, an unspecified amount of gun owners’ personal data was reportedly downloaded by the hackers.
This past weekend, the website was shut down completely for an upgrade to remedy the security vulnerabilities that the hackers exploited.
And after keeping mum about the cyberattack for most of the week, on Friday afternoon, the Illinois State Police finally admitted that the personal details of more than 2,000 FOID holders have been “possibly” compromised.