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Friday in Portland: DMV data breach may have compromised personal info of 3.5M Oregonians & more news

Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, June 16 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. DMV data breach may have compromised personal info of 3.5M Oregonians

A data breach discovered earlier this week may have compromised Oregon Department of Transportation records, including the personal information of around 3.5 million Oregonians. ODOT published a news release Thursday confirming the hack and providing information about credit monitoring and freezing options.

ODOT learned on Monday that the hack included personal data for about 3.5 million people who hold Oregon driver’s licenses or state ID cards. Most of the information is broadly available, but ODOT said some of it is sensitive personal information. A spokesperson said the hack compromised the data from an estimated 90% of state-issued licenses and ID cards.

Federal law gives Oregonians who think they may have been affected the right to receive a free copy of their own credit report every 12 months upon request from Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. The report can provide information regarding people or groups who have access to a person’s credit history. Reports can be requested at annualcreditreport.com or by calling 1-877-322-8228.

Oregonians can also freeze their credit files through those three monitoring agencies, restricting access to only a limited number of entities. A freeze can be requested at the following websites/numbers:

2. PF&R Chief Sara Boone retiring next month

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Sara Boone will retire from the agency next month, according to a statement released Thursday. Boone, who was appointed chief in 2019 following the abrupt resignation of Mike Myers, was both the first Black female firefighter with PF&R and the first Black chief.

Boone joined the agency back in 1995. She moved up the ranks in PF&R’s Emergency Operations division and earned promotions to lieutenant, then captain, then battalion chief, then bureau safety chief. Boone also served as deputy chief of the Logistics/Management Services division and division chief of Medical Services and Training.

“Together we have experienced some of the most challenging times in the history of Portland Fire,” Boone said in a statement. “Considering all that we’ve faced over the past four years, I couldn’t be prouder and more honored to have closed out my career by leading one of the nation’s premier fire agencies.”

3. MAX Red Line service to PDX closed for 4 months starting Sunday

Starting Sunday, MAX Red Line service to Portland International Airport will shut down for four months. During the closure, expected to last through Oct. 21, crews will work to rebuild the airport light rail station and add a second track nearby.

The Parkrose/Sumner, Mt. Hood, Cascades and PDX Airport light rail stations will all be closed. A shuttle bus loop will run between those stations and the Gateway Transit Center during the closure. Shuttle buses will run about every 15 minutes, according to TriMet. The rest of the MAX Red Line will be running normally.

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