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Maplewood Police Department gave notice about data privacy incident


Maplewood Police Department (MPD) on Aug. 7, 2019, gave notice about one data privacy incident. As per the department, Maplewood has discovered and then remediated the suspicious activity from police department network.


Once the unauthorized access was discovered, Maplewood Township has immediately taken necessary measures for containing the incident as well as for securing the computer network. A third-party forensics company was engaged by Maplewood Township, and then an immediate investigation has been commenced to determine full scope of this incident.


The investigation has confirmed that malware was introduced in network on 9th December of last year (i.e. 2018). As the malware has made it impossible to decide and determine what kind of information has been accessed, if any, so Maplewood provided notice about this incident to all the possibly affected individuals who are having any information in department's systems.


The notice is intended for informing the possibly affected individuals about data privacy incident, as well as for providing information and resources which they might use to protect themselves better against possible financial fraud or various other personal information misuses.


"We stress that to date, the investigation has not revealed evidence suggesting any information was actually viewed, accessed or obtained by the unauthorized actor," the notice read. While there has been no evidence that any kind of information in the network has been misused, the information that is at-risk might include: your first initial along with last name or the full name; state identification number/driver's license number; Social Security number; or the account number, debit or credit card number, combining with the required security code, the access code, or the password which would allow access to the financial account of an individual.


The notice said that "we take this incident and the security of your personal information very seriously". So, the Maplewood Township has reassessed technical safeguards related to the other Maplewood Township systems having personal information, has conducted employee retraining focusing on the email safety awareness, as well as has reviewed the policies and procedures of Township regarding the security generally for possible enhancements.


Maplewood Township has also reported about this incident to FBI, the County of Essex Prosecutor's Office, New Jersey State Police, and the U.S. DHS (Department of Homeland Security).


Additionally individuals, who are looking for more information, about this incident can call at 855-424-2569.


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