Illinois FOID cards personal information may have been compromised

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Illinois State Police are notifying about 2,000 Illinoisans with Firearm Owners Identification cards that their personal information may have been compromised in a hack of the agency’s Police FOID card portal.

The backlog-plagued system was hit with a cyberattack, ISP confirmed Thursday.

“Out of necessity, some of the online account parameters put in place for ease of use and convenience years ago have been appropriately modified and tightened to prevent unauthorized users from attempting to further expand the extent of the identity fraud,” the police agency reported.

State Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, said the thieves were looking for additional personal information.

“They were using some data that had potentially been out there in other hacks, and they were trying to gather further information on someone’s identity,” Butler told WMAY Radio Friday. “And no false FOID cards went out or anything like that.”

Illinois State Police officials said the information of about 2,000 FOID cardholders may have been accessed in the attempted hack. Those people will be contacted, the agency said in a news release.

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