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CCB contractor license search temporarily unavailable on website as agency investigates security issue

The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) took steps Thursday to stop an intrusion into the agency’s website after learning that a database housing contractors’ personal information was vulnerable.

The state’s Chief Information Office is in the process of determining whether any personal information was actually compromised.

Concerns initially arose Tuesday evening, when the agency learned that someone had accessed a CCB-hosted database that government agencies use to verify that bidders for public works projects meet state requirements. 

While this database houses no personal information, the CCB closed access after learning that emails and passwords of some government users were found on the Internet. The CCB alerted users to the problem, and that database remains closed while CCB staff adds security.

In continuing to investigate that security issue Thursday, the agency and the Chief Information Office determined that the CCB’s contractor licensing database was also vulnerable. This database contains contractors’ personal information.

The CCB shut down the database and it remains closed while the agency takes steps to address the vulnerability. Oregon consumers use the license search to verify that a contractor is licensed, bonded and insured.

Other features of the CCB website remain open. Contractors can continue to renew licenses online and take continuing education classes.

If personal information has been compromised, the agency will offer support to those affected. As more information becomes available, the CCB will notify licensees and keep the public informed through the CCB website and news releases.

About the CCB
The CCB is a state agency that licenses construction. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve, inspect or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.
​Oregon Construction Contractors Board 

Cheryl Martinis, 503-934-2195 

Office of the Chief Operating Officer 
Matt Shelby, 503-378-3118 CCB 

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