Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and even driver's license information for people who applied for a medical marijuana dispensary license, as well as for their employees, were made public on the internet and discovered Wednesday, according to the news release from the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
The bug exposed the full 8-page application from almost 12,000 applicants to anyone with the right web address, according to ZDnet, a tech blog run by CBS news.
Nevada in 2000 was among the first states to legalize medical marijuana, with uses limited to cancer patients and those with HIV and AIDS as well as other chronic conditions.
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"The entire portal has been taken down", said Cody Phinney, DPBH Administrator. We appreciate everyone's patience during this hard time.
The same spokesperson also said that the leaked information was only a part of one of the many databases it uses.
Security researcher Justin Shafer found the bug in the state's website portal, allowing anyone with the right web address to access and enumerate the thousands of applications. Pollock said the agency did "not have any evidence at this time that indicates the data in the Portal has been compromised".
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The division first shut down the portal on December 8, saying it found "some vulnerabilities" in the system. In addition to individuals, they are notifying "credit reporting agencies", Equifax, Experian and TransUnion of the breach. Victims affected by the breach will be notified within the next few days as required by state law, CBS reported.
More recently, Nevadans voted last month in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.
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