Thousands of credit card numbers were stolen from a state government Web site that allows residents to register their cars and buy state permits, authorities said Friday.
The private company that runs http://www.ri.gov said that 4,118 credit card numbers had probably been taken, a state official said. All online transactions were suspended Friday until any possible security problems could be fixed.
The breach was uncovered when a security company discovered a Web site in Russian, Najarian said. The author claimed he obtained 53,000 credit card numbers.
Loring said Web site was breached on Dec. 28, and far fewer than 53,000 numbers were stolen. She said the company notified credit card companies of the breach, but did not notify card holders.