(Memphis) A security breach at the Memphis Police Department may have compromised the personal information of thousands.
It happened nearly a year ago, but those at risk are just finding out about it.
Memphis Police say in April of 2013 someone hacked into a database system used to search for people, residences, and vehicles and had access to personal information, like social security and driver’s license numbers.
This month some people began receiving letters from the police department notifying them about the breach.
In a letter, they were told they could contact ID Theft Solutions of America out of Texas to get free credit monitoring for a year.
The police department couldn’t tell us how many people were impacted by the security breach, but say the department handles around 145,000 incident reports a year.
We also contacted the police department and City of Memphis to find out why people were just being notified about the security breach and why they had hired a company from out state to provide the free credit monitoring, but have not gotten a response.
The police department says it was paying ID Theft Solutions of America $30,000 a year for their services.
The Memphis Police Department says just because someone got a letter does not mean they are victim.