Did "The Russians" Hack The DMV Too? Statewide California Systems Down Due To "Major Computer Outage"

Tyler Durden's picture

It must have been the Russians, right? CBS Los Angeles reports that officials Tuesday were working to fix a “major computer outage” at California Department of Motor Vehicles offices statewide.



Customer transactions at dozens of DMV field offices were impacted by the outage, including offices in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Compton, El Monte, Fullerton, and Thousand Oaks.

Any DMV offices affected “will continue providing drive tests, making return appointments, helping with paperwork, and answering customer’s questions”, a DMV spokesperson confirmed.

Online services on the DMV website did not appear to be affected, officials said.

DMV says "Crews have been working all night to rebuild the system and get offices back up and running."

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the outage was linked to a massive cyber attack last week on server farms of a key Internet firm that repeatedly disrupted access to major websites and online services including Twitter, Netflix and PayPal.

Some customers also reported a similar problem on Monday. And some Twitter users complained about the issues as far back as Oct. 19. People are not happy...

And we know one 16-year-old girl who will be very upset tomorrow if this is not fixed.

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ParkAveFlasher's picture

DMV registration data to compare to voter logs and registration rolls.  Very smart, them hackers.  Sell for high price.  California in play, bitchez!

bania's picture

Of course it was the Russians. DUH!

Bryan's picture

Those dirty b*stards.  Maybe Hillary will just drone those guys.

pods's picture

I've been to hell. I spell it.......I spell it DMV..................



johngaltfla's picture

Nah Pedro cut the exposed Cat 5 bundle with his weedwacker outside the I.T. department because Juan was too busy taking a long Siesta and forgot to bury it.

Say What Again's picture

I would like to see the DMV records for Compton.  Just looking at the names would be good for a laugh. 

Bryan's picture

My Mom and her friends all grew up in Compton in the 50s -- went to Compton High School.  My, how things have changed.

Say What Again's picture

You may have been introduced to my cousin, Chaimelila Brown.  or perhahaps my second brother who plays football, Labian Bell

HowdyDoody's picture

Did "The Russians" Hack The DMV Too?

<-- No

<-- Of course it didn't you dumb fuckwits.


SoilMyselfRotten's picture

I'm pretty sure they hacked my cars' computer, it's been runnin like shit for 2 weeks now.

A Nanny Moose's picture

It would not surprise me if Marai were running around within the network.

Older systems, such as those still used by government, are piss poor at handling Denial of Service Attacks. IoT devices are even worse.

HardAssets's picture

The thing is . . .
no one in line noticed that the piss poor level of 'service' was much different from when the computers were running.

Finn McCool's picture

I was born and raised in Los Angeles County. The Mexican restaurants carry this dessert called flan, which is some sort of egg custard. I had it a few times when I got it as a free-bee after a meal. I don't like the stuff.

The joke I heard goes this way: "There is no difference beween good and bad flan."

And having lived in LA until I was 32 I can tell the whole world that there is no difference between a functioning and a non-functioning DMV.

LOL123's picture

Lol Russians need fake id photos for election purposes... Not.

Due North's picture

In the last 72 hours those pesky Russkies also apparently hacked the toll booth electronics at the Sunshine Skyway in Tampa, the check-in kiosks at the Tampa airport, and the ATL airport parking lot exit booths. I thought I would never make it home. 

Belrev's picture

Erasing those Beaners from voter rolls.

LOL123's picture

You read my mind!!! Exactly what i was thinking.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

California DMV is not need help of Russia hacker to screw up massively.

NoDebt's picture

Blaming things on "Russian hackers" has become the Swiss Army Knife of excuses (if you will pardon the mixed metaphor).

I was at the ATM machine on Sunday and everyone was having trouble getting it to read their card.  One lady said "what is wrong with this thing?"  My response, in front of everyone in line, of course, was "Russian hackers".  None of us got our money out but at least we had a good laugh.


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

In Amerika you are withdrawl from ATM, in Russia, ATM is withdrawl from you. Be careful where you are insert your card!

DuneCreature's picture

You've been there? ..... Not confined to CA by any stretch.

Mention that you work for  __DMV in any drinking establishment on the continental USSA and be ready to brawl your way to the door.

Live Hard, DMV Will Soon Be A Top Secret Agency With TSA Checkpoints And MRAPs For The Clerks To Car Pool To Work In, Die Free

~ DC v3.0

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

DMV - Directorate for Manufacture of Vodka, yes?

Raffie's picture

It's the DMV...


Nuf said...

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Can't imagine a more hellish place than a DMV in fucking Kalifornia. 

CunnyFunt's picture

The opposite is South Dakota. You don't even need to live there to get a license and register your vehicles. You need to show up once to get a license (takes an overnight hotel receipt and 20 minutes at licensing bureau), then all registrations can be done remotely.

HardAssets's picture

Maybe South Dakotans understand that the free movement of a free people isn't a 'privilege' granted by politicians & bureaucrats.

lincolnsteffens's picture

Under US Statutes a motor vehicle is a commercial conveyance. A driver or operator of a motor vehicle is a commercial profession by profiting or being paid to utilize a commercial conveyance. 80% of what all DMV's do is defraud people and intimidate them into acquiring a license and registration to do what they have a right to do.

"No State shall convert a right to a privilege by issuing a license and charging a fee for that which is a right." Just paraphrasing a Supreme Court Decision never overturned. Exercising your right to liberty includes your right to travel and freely associate with whomever you wish. 

The DMV just like the IRS is a wealth extraction scam except under limited circumstances. But hey, they have the guns and the prisons and the financial resources to make you beg for mercy.

Newbie lurker's picture

You have no idea. I only go as a last resort if AAA can't handle my dmv transaction. If I go, I make an appointment. I went to the Santa Ana DMV about four months ago to renew my license, only because it is near my work. I say truthfully with zero hyperbole, if you had blindfolded me getting there and then did a big reveal taking off my blindfold, I would have said I was in Guatemala.

Being the only white male in the entire building, staff included, you would've thought I was ET walking around the joint with the amount of looks I got. No MAGA hats allowed, would've been mob beaten.

konadog's picture

Same experience when I had to register my car. Roads are literally falling apart - I-5 is a washboard in places. Property, income and sales taxes are completely over the top outrageous. I finally gave up on Kaliforniacation and moved to another state taking a rather large pile of assets with me. Screw CA. They can find another sucker to pay for their government malfeasance.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

Smart not saying where you went, don't need anymore leeches jumping ship. F CA retards. I lived there for 10 years, just passing through. I love it where I am now, I am finally free. 

Jethro's picture

MAGA at that DMV = Make America Guatemala Aqui!

HardAssets's picture

In the part of the state where I live (not CA) I see tons of Trump signs and not one for Clinton. The one Trump sign that I saw that was heavily vandalized, was not far from a trailer park said to be mostly occupied by illegals.

The clock is ticking and they know it.

JustPastPeacefield's picture

Yeah, either Trump or civil war. I'll take either one at this point. 

BandGap's picture

Lived in Sacramento a while back. Aside from the good old Spanish speaking contingency I counted at least 6 other languages being spoken in my 2 hours there.

If you get there when the doors open at 7? the wait is bearable. The odors may not be.

bluskyes's picture

"Rebuild the system" does not sound good.

offwirenews's picture

it's a government run operation...of course there's going to be problems. Don't blame government's horrible productivity/efficiency on the Russians.

cognitive dissident's picture

it couldn't be decade-old software to blame, could it?

gunsnmoney's picture

They did it all in FORTRAN. But don't worry, we have the eight people who still work in that language (my sister is one) on it. Our "top" people. It'll be fine.......

oncemore's picture

u r a sadist. fortran for dmv?

StychoKiller's picture

More likely, it was COBOL! :>D

Overflow-admin's picture

Can you spell "continuity plan"???

skinwalker's picture

If the DMV were closed permanently, how many would genuinely mourn it's loss?



Given that paying property tax is entirely nonvoluntary, it is hardly reasonable to expect people to have a license to use an asset that they were forced to buy at gunpoint. This is true of local roads in any event.

_SILENCER's picture

Registering my property with the state goddamn infuriates me

Jethro's picture

The DMV closed, and yet....nobody noticed a change in productivity!

south40_dreams's picture

California is what the democrats want the rest of America to look like. Scary shit.

Bemused Observer's picture

I think they were a little too fast in introducing these computerized systems everywhere. Problem is, they put all their eggs in that new basket, and scrapped the old ways. So now when the system 'goes down', they stand there, helpless, instead of just switching back to the old way while it's being fixed.

And these outages will continue, and people will get increasingly annoyed with it, and mistrustful of this Brave New World, and begin to shun it. If they hadn't burned all their bridges, they could have gradually introduced their new system in a way that didn't inconvenience and piss off everybody.

Just how easy do they think it will BE to 'go cashless' in a system nobody really trusts? If anything, the problems will make people start demanding to go back to the older ways while the 'bugs' are addressed. Selling folks on the idea of electronic currency will not be easy in a world where you can't even renew your driver's license without problems.

HalinCA's picture

Healthcare systems ALL have downtime forms and processes ... why doesn't the DMV?

Bemused Observer's picture

Probably for the same reasons that the cashiers at my grocery store can't complete a transaction when their systems go down. They just stand there, helpless, unable to calculate the change I'm owed on my 2.45 purchase from the five dollar bill I hand them without the 'machine' to tell them how much to give me.

No one seems capable of independent critical thought these days. A system malfunction brings the whole thing to a halt, and everyone just stands there staring at it...they literally do not know how to proceed without the system telling them what to do.

These kinds of folks are NOT going to last very long. That kind of helplessness is not compatible with a long life.

DuneCreature's picture

CHIPS did it.

Drumming up business for expired registrations.

Live Hard, Non Compliance Will Go Through The Roof For WASPie Commuters, Die Free

~ DC v3.0