If you race under a USA Cycling license and have been away from your email since the end of last week, you may have missed the news that the sport’s primary governing body here in the US experienced an electronic security breach that put its licensed riders’ data at risk.
Friday afternoon an email went out from USA Cycling’s CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall to licensed riders letting them know of the issue. The email read in part that the organization “learned two days ago of a data security incident within USA Cycling’s IT systems that could include some of your personal information associated with online accounts, including your name, mailing address, email address, date of birth, emergency contact, and your USA Cycling password.”
USA Cycling advised users to reset not only their USA Cycling passwords, but also passwords on any other systems that used the same security code. The governing body also noted that they have “secured all USA Cycling accounts and will require you to change your password before you will be able to next log into USA Cycling’s systems.”
The initial rush by some licensed riders to utilize the password reset link found in Bouchard-Hall’s email caused the USA Cycling website to crash briefly, forcing the organization to send another email advising that the system was back up and running once they had a handle on the increased traffic load.
If you carry a USA Cycling license and haven’t taken care of this yet, you may want to do so now.
More info: usacycling,org