In the wake of a hack of its vendor's computer system, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is trying to assess whether—or how severely—users' personal information was compromised.
In the meantime, IDFG has suspended online sales of licenses and tags through its online system until further notice. Department officials said customers can still buy licenses and tags at any of its offices or through businesses that sell licenses through another system that was not part of the breach.
The state of Washington's Fish and Wildlife Department also suspended its online license sales following a similar hack.
The timing is critical, with the region's hunters and anglers preparing to gear up for the fall season.
"Whether any of Idaho Fish and Game’s license buyers’ information was obtained has not yet been determined," IDFG stated in a news alert issued Wednesday night. "Fish and Game is working with the online vendor to investigate the matter and determine whether and to what extent Idaho data was accessed."
Washington state officials confirmed they had already detected "access to some personal information provided by customers who purchased fishing and hunting licenses."