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A hack into the Salt Lake City police website on Tuesday afternoon compromised more information than originally thought, police said on Wednesday. Police are now asking those who provided their emails to slcpd.com to change their passwords.
The scope of the problem shifted as police continued to investigate and found that more information was compromised. Initially, Salt Lake City Police spokesman Shawn Josephson said, the site was not linked to information in police reports or other confidential documents, but all employees working at the police station were urged to change their passwords as a precaution. On Wednesday, police determined that more information had been compromised.
"We have learned that citizen complaints regarding drug crimes in the community were also accessed. These forms included phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, other personal information, and details about suspicious activity from a variety of sources," a news release stated.
Hackers also gathered email information of registered users on the police website.
Police encouraged those who have given their email to the website to change their email password right away, especially if the login information given to the site is the same password used at home or work. SLCPD is still working to get the site secured and back up.
Those claiming to have hacked the site tweeted Wednesday that they were able to obtain confidential sensitive information and provided a redacted citizen complaint form as proof on this site (http://pastebin.com/ykXMzHXg).
The police website was designed to allow communication with the public and police. There is not a set date or time for when the site will be back up and running, but in the meantime the public can maintain access to news from police at slcpd.blogspot.com.
On Tuesday afternoon Salt Lake City police took their website offline after it was hacked by a collective known as Anonymous.
According to a news release from police, the hacker group said the attack was a response to an anti-graffiti paraphernalia bill being sponsored by state Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City. Currently, the bill, which has passed its second reading in the Senate, prohibits any person to possess any instrument, tool or device with the intent of vandalizing an area with graffiti. Offenders would be guilty of a class C misdemeanor. Depending on the extent of the vandalism, the crime could be boosted to a felony.