The sale of all hunting and fishing licenses in Washington state has been temporarily suspended because of a cybersecurity breach. The Department of Fish and Wildlife said some personal information was accessed because of a vulnerability involving an outside vendor.
Fish and Wildlife said it doesn’t know how much personal information was compromised. But the department sells hundreds of thousands of hunting and fishing licenses a year through a vendor called Active Network.
Fish and Wildlife spokesman Bruce Botka said the decision to halt all license sales comes as an investigation into the data breach is just getting underway.
“We feel it’s the prudent thing to do until we can ensure we have a secure system,” he said.
Botka said he doesn’t know when license sales will resume. This is a peak month for sales with hunting season just around the corner and summer fishing and crab seasons ongoing.