To P1 Forums Users: An Update on PoliceOne Forums Data Breach
Notice of Data Breach
Dear PoliceOne Member,
What Happened. On Friday, February 3, 2017, we were notified that the content of our PoliceOne Forum was the subject of unauthorized access and acquisition. The incident occurred in our forums, which are run on third party software and are entirely separate from our main PoliceOne member database and other systems, which have not been compromised. We have become aware of a security incident in our PoliceOne Forums that allegedly occurred in 2015. We are aggressively addressing the matter and want to make you clear on the scope of the issue and its potential impact to you. Security is incredibly important to us and we've worked hard to protect your information over the past 17 years.
What Information Was Involved. The information accessed was limited, and included email addresses, user names and hashed and salted passwords (a protected version of the password you use). It did not include forums posts or other content.
What You Can Do. As a user of the PoliceOne forums, your account may have been among those included in the incident, and we want to make sure you have all of the information regarding what happened, what we are doing to address it, and what you’ll be asked to do as a result. Here’s what you need to know:
- As soon as we became aware of the potential incident, we took down the forums and set any new member login to require a password reset via email for potentially affected accounts
- On your next PoliceOne login, you will automatically receive an email with a link to change your password. We strongly recommend you go to our login page and initiate a password change immediately.
- If you use your same PoliceOne password and email combination for any other sites, we highly recommend changing your password on those sites
- In general, it is a best practice to change any online password every 6 months to 1 year due to the increase in hacking activity
What We are Doing. We are currently in the process of completing a full security review and confirm updates to prevent future incidents. We are confident this was an isolated incident specific to our forums that has since been resolved. This notice was not delayed as a result of a law enforcement investigation.
For More Information. Thank you for your attention and we apologize for any inconvenience. For more information on this matter, please read our notice. If you have any questions about this matter not addressed by this email, please contact our Customer Service department at 1-888-765-4231.
— PoliceOne Team