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Cyber Attack Targeting Connecticut's DMV Disrupted Emissions Testing

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A cyberattack that disabled the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles online system last week also disrupted the state’s biennial emissions testing.

The state contractor in charge of the emissions testing, Applus Technologies, detected and stopped the cyberattack on March 30.

Emissions testing is administered through a network of privately owned auto service facilities located throughout the state, and that data is compiled online with the DMV. The Connecticut Emissions Testing Program that the contractor operates has been experiencing technical issues since the cyberattack.

Applus Tech said it is still investigating whether anyone’s personal information was at risk after the attack.

The contractor said the cyberattack has affected eight states, and their technical team is “working around the clock” to restore the DMV to full operations.