Already behind schedule, Washington state’s new seed-to-sale tracking system, known as Data Leaf Systems, opened on February 1 to immediate complaints. The database is reportedly filled with bugs — and now it has surfaced that the system was hacked in a cyber attack on Saturday, February 3.

Since November, when MJ Freeway announced the system would be ready by January 1, 2018, Washington has not had a government operated seed-to-sale tracking system. Shortly before the first deadline, MJ Freeway announced they would need another month to complete the project. Data Leaf Systems went live on February 1 and vendors were soon reporting they could not complete travel manifests. These manifests are required before any cannabis can be transferred in Washington, and are essential in keeping track of the flow of adult-use cannabis around the state.

A Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) spokesperson told Ganjapreneur the problems have been fixed and all indications show the manifest problem has been taken care of. He said the other problems are related to known bugs and are being addressed by a team working 24-hour shifts.

However, an email sent to licensees by LCB Deputy Director and Traceability Project Executive Sponsor Peter Antolin sheds more light on the manifest system issues, which may have been the result of the recent security breach. Antolin’s email detailed the incident:

The state’s vendor, MJ Freeway, became aware of the transfer abnormality on Saturday. The company immediately began a review and identified it as a potential security incident on
Monday. MJ Freeway immediately notified the WSLCB. The WSLCB then contacted the Washington State Office of CyberSecurity, (OCS), which examined the data taken to determine if it contained personally identifiable information …. The information captured by the intruder does not contain personally identifiable information, such as names and social security numbers.

The cyber attack was able to gean the route information of industry manifests filed between February 1-4 and transporter vehicle information, including VIN, license plate number, and vehicle type. The Data Leaf Systems database does not include driver or driver license information. In fact, the majority of the compromised information is already publicly available.

The LCB has alerted the Washington State Office of Cyber Security (OCS), who examined the data taken to determine if any personal info was compromised, and there is an ongoing security investigation into the hack. The LCB is advising all licensees to review their travel arrangements and take appropriate action to protect their businesses.

Antolin concluded his email:

The bottom line is that this incident is unfortunate. There will continue to be malicious cyberattacks on the system. This is true of any public or private system and is especially true of the traceability system. Know, however, that we will continue to take necessary steps to protect all traceability information.

 

Do you own a cannabis industry business? Create a listing in our directory and get discovered by new clients - Click Here
.

Tags: , , | Categories: Cannabis Business News Recreational Cannabis News

Learn about cannabis businesses:

View the directory | Get featured here

  • California Cannabis CPA

    California Cannabis CPA is the premiere CPA firm that helps individuals and companies working in the Cannabis Industry with all tax planning, compliance, preparation, savings, and peace of mind.

  • Precision Extraction Solutions

    Precision® Extraction Solutions is the industry leader in cannabis extraction equipment, training and consulting. Precision® extraction systems are world renowned for quality, safety and precise operation. Costing half of comparable CO2 systems, with nine times more efficient processing, more award winning concentrates are made with Precision® than any other brand.

  • Steep Hill

    Steep Hill is the world's leading cannabis science and technology company with significant footprints in lab testing, research and development, licensing, genetics, and remote testing. No other company brings these sectors into one synergistic whole. With the goal to provide "best practices" in cannabis testing, we provide expert consulting services to legislators and regulators in many countries around the world. Steep Hill: Leading the Science of Cannabis. Globally.

  • Distru

    Software built to streamline distribution and manufacturing. Distru provides inventory, order, and customer management for cannabis companies in a centralized platform.

  • The Hybrid Creative

    We are an award-winning, full spectrum creative agency with expertise in cannabis and eCommerce. We have supported the creative strategy and successful growth of cannabis brands such as Care by Design, Korova, Bhang, AbsoluteXtracts, Wildflower, and BDS Analytics. Website design and development, company and product naming, logo design, brand development, brand strategy, packaging, labeling, marketing collateral, sales tool kit collateral, digital marketing strategy, and social media support are a few of the many services we offer. If you’re looking for an experienced, forward-thinking, creative agency with a proven track record of success to elevate your brand and empower your success, welcome to The Hybrid Creative!

  • Releaf App

    The Dispensary Partnership Program uses data collected from patients, via Releaf App, to provide business analytics to dispensaries (USA) and licensed producers (Canada). This data service is creating a new class of dispensaries that are driven outcomes and patient results. The dispensary partnership program shows symptom-specific patient ratings & analytics for the specific cannabis batches and products in a dispensary’s inventory. Dispensaries use this information to give more informed recommendations at the counter.

  • TRIM Media House

    TRIM Media House is a full-service digital marketing agency with a heavy focus in visual content creation, website design, photography, and videography. If you are trying to navigate the digital arena when it comes to your brand, we would love to talk to you!

  • Xtraction Services

    Xtraction Services provides highly efficient extraction equipment to qualified operators. We ensure the equipment is proactively maintained and operated with efficiency, all for a fixed price per gram produced. We provide comprehensive training and oversight to ensure your team can efficiently operate. Additionally, we provide regular updates to software and hardware, and a rigorous ALL-INCLUSIVE maintenance schedule to ensure peak performance all with no upfront costs.

  • Viridian Staffing

    Founded in 2013 and dedicated solely to all sectors of the cannabis industry (Medical, Adult Use, Industrial Hemp and Ancillaries), our highly experienced recruiters have over a decade of experience (each) in human resources, staffing and recruiting for Fortune 500/100 companies across a broad spectrum of closely related industries including: food & beverage, agriculture, consumer packaged goods, software, medical technology and paper/pulp.

  • Wise Public Relations, Inc.

    We help our clients win by outsmarting and outmaneuvering the competition rather than outspending them. That’s our specialty. Through a strategic mix of marketing disciplines, all working together to create real momentum that give our clients a critical competitive advantage in the marketplace. MedMen, Cloudponics, Style & Stigma. We take great pride in the work we do and accountability for the opinions we shape. We have fun doing it. And we hope it shows.

  • Moriconi Flowers Ltd.

    Moriconi Flowers Ltd. is a law firm dedicated to applying decades of legal expertise to the emerging commercial and medical cannabis and hemp markets in the United States and abroad. Building off of careers in commercial litigation, transactional debt instruments, oil and gas regulation, liquor licensing, insurance coverage, and catastrophic loss, the attorneys at Moriconi Flowers Ltd. routinely navigate regulated markets.

  • Cannabis Accounting Group, a CWSEAPA Company

    We believe that what sets us apart from other accounting firms, is working within the Tax Code to find a way around the oppressive Section 280E Rules.

Looking for a career in the cannabis industry?

Upload your resume and get discovered by industry recruiters for only $1/month

Post Your Resume View all jobs

Recent Job Postings

Additional resources:

Cannabis Books

Learn about the endocannabinoid system & more!

Cannabis Stocks

Find publicly-traded cannabis & hemp companies

Medical Research

Explore our library of medical cannabis studies

Subscribe for daily cannabis news, announcements, and business insights.

Stay informed about the latest cannabis industry news, policy progress, and business developments.