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GovPayNow Leak of 14M+ Records Dates Back to 2012

Thousands of US state and local governments use the service to process online payments for everything from traffic tickets to court fines.

Government Payment Service (GovPayNet) has been alerted to a leak of more than 14 million customer records dating back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity reported this week.

GovPayNet is used by nearly 2,300 government agencies in 35 states to process online payments for traffic tickets, bail payments, court-imposed fines, and other fees. The service operates under the Web domain GovPayNow.com, which was found leaking customer data including names, addresses, phone numbers, and the last four digits of credit card numbers.

When users pay the government via GovPayNow, the site displays an online receipt. Up until this past weekend, anyone could view millions of customer records by changing digits in the Web address displayed on each receipt, according to KrebsOnSecurity, which says the leak dates back at least six years. GovPayNet says it "has addressed a potential issue" and updated its online system so only authorized users can view their individual receipts.

There is no indication anyone has used this level of access to cause users harm, the company reports, adding that these receipts don't contain enough data to process a financial transaction. Further, it says, most of this data is public and can be accessed through other means.

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