City Investigating Breach That Exposed Personal Data of LAPD Officers and About 20,000 Applicants

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Los Angeles city computers were breached last week in a data theft potentially involving the personal information of about 20,000 applicants to the police department, including hundreds who are now sworn officers.

The cyberattack highlights the vulnerability of government computer systems, with the city of Los Angeles subjected to billions of hacking attempts in the last five years, according to Ted Ross, general manager of the city’s Information Technology Agency.

A person who identified himself or herself as a hacker contacted the city last Thursday, revealing inside knowledge of a database of people who applied to the LAPD between 2010 and 2018 or early 2019, Ross said.

City officials were concerned that the entire database was compromised and quickly began notifying the job applicants, who had logged on to a website for updates during the lengthy process of becoming a police officer.

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