A data breach of systems operated by chapters of an FBI-affiliated nonprofit organization has exposed personal information of thousands of law enforcement personnel and affiliated individuals.
According to the Associated Press, home addresses and phone numbers, emails, and employers’ names were published online on at least 1,400 employees of the FBI, Secret Service, Capitol Police, US Park Police, and other federal agencies as well as police and sheriffs’ deputies in North Carolina and Florida. This was part of a data release exposing information on more than 23,000 people overall.
The hacked databases were operated by three chapters of the FBI National Academy Associates Inc, a 501(c)(3) organizations that, according to its mission, is dedicated to, “Impacting communities by providing and promoting law enforcement leadership through training and networking.” Association members are graduates of the FBI National Academy Program.
Data indicates the hackers were able to capture significantly more data than they posted online; the stolen information is believed to be available for purchase by criminals.
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