(KMOV)-- An investigation is underway following a cyber attack on a computer at the St. Louis Police Department.
Authorities said the attack was launched by email that impacted one computer with multiple department users. Some personal information of citizens involved in criminal incidents was stored on the computer. The person who attacked the computer may have gotten access to the information of 24 people, including name, address, and social security number. Those people have been identified and will be contacted so they can take appropriate steps to prevent fraudulent activity.
The police department is purchasing each of the 24 people one year of credit protection services from Experian.
The department learned about the attack this week although it is believed the attack actually occurred between February 4, 2010 and February 5, 2010. The personal information of 22 of the people was in the affected department's computer because they were victims, witnesses or property owners in criminal incidents. The other 2 were suspects in criminal incidents. All 24 people were involved in incidents in 2002, 2003 or 2005.
The cyber attack may also have impacted personal information of some department employees including names and phone numbers. The cyber attack did not affect the department's police report writing program, financial programs or the program that stores mug shots and criminal records.
The department is evaluating internal systems to determine if additional measures can be taken to prevent such an attack in the future.
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