Problems for Washington Marijuana Industry Twofold After New Marijuana-Tracking Software Hack.
The pot industry in Washington has suffered massive setback after the state’s marijuana-tracking system dubbed as Leaf Data Systems got hacked on February 3rd and the hacker managed to steal route-related information of marijuana deliveries for the next four days apart from delivery vehicle information, approx. travel time, VIN numbers and license plate numbers, etc.
According to the spokesperson for the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), Brian Smith, the intruder “did something in the system,” to compromise it and transfer the data. A statement from Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Deputy Director Mr. Peter Antolin revealed that:
“A computer vulnerability was exploited on Saturday, allowing unauthorized access to the traceability system. There are indications an intruder downloaded a copy of the traceability database and took action that caused issues with inventory transfers for some users. We believe this was the root cause of the transfer/manifest issue experienced between Saturday and Monday.”
According to The News Tribune, on February 1st, the state employed a brand new marijuana-tracking system but it has been plagued with issues ever since its launch, which mostly was caused by technical glitches. On 4th February, MJ Freeway, the firm responsible for providing the data service and the tracking software, identified that the tracking system was hacked and on February 5th the company discovered that the issues were actually a security glitch.
The LCB was notified immediately and a message was sent to all the marijuana dealers associated with the Board. Furthermore, the Washington State Office of Cybersecurity was also contacted to initiate an investigation to the hack. On February 5th, the security issue was resolved and it was decided that MJ Freeway will continue to be the official state’s vendor of the