A new fishing license verification software product has been blamed for a nationwide database crash, with reports of a million duplicate licenses.
Aware of the problem, several companies have begun offering license verification tools, including Codersource, a San Diego-based software company that offers a “fish license verification” tool for users to use on their laptops and smartphones.
But that tool has also been linked to the database crash.
One user on Reddit reported the problem on Tuesday, saying that he tried using the software but the tool crashed the server he was using and then tried again on a different device.
The user later posted screenshots of his license verification logs showing the same thing.
Alyssa Johnson, a marketing manager at Coderssource, said she did not know why the software was crashing, but said it was a “significant problem.”
“I think we had the most recent data being pulled down,” Johnson said.
“It was quite a bit of data that was in the system.
And we have had some reports from users who say they have had their data deleted.”
She said that Coders source “has not been breached.”
“It is the best software we have, and we have tested it,” Johnson added.
CodersSource was founded by Joe O’Connor and a group of former software engineers from his former company.
O’Connor said in an interview that the company’s software had been in development for about a year.
The company’s website lists several other companies that offer similar services.
O’Connors company, Codershire, is owned by a group led by O’Reilly Media founder Jeffrey Lord.
Other products are more limited.
“There are a lot of companies who have their own software and you can get their licenses, but it’s not a great deal,” Johnson explained.
“The problem is that it is a bit like if you had a car dealership that sold used cars, they would probably do the same, but for license verification purposes, you wouldn’t be able to get them,” she said.
In addition to the license verification problem, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has also issued a warning to residents who may have been affected by the database crashing.CDFI issued a notice that it would “monitor the site to see if it has been affected and will update you as soon as it has.”