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MCSO Crime Data Base Hacked
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The Mobile County Sheriffs Office is looking in to how a certain website has gotten its information. The website and app called Spot Crime provides crime statistics throughout our area. Now the sheriff's office is trying to figure out how the sites operators have gotten personal information.
Authorities said they have completely blocked the site for now.
Spot Crime is a convenient app and website used to tell you what crimes are happening in a certain area, but the convenient site may have accessed that information illegally according to Mobile County Sheriffs Office Spokesperson Lori Myles.
She said the Sheriffs Office IT Director noticed an unusual and unauthorized URL address.
We didn't recognize some of these, and so we investigated it and found that they were going in and taking some of our info, said Myles.
She said "Spot Crime" broke in to the Sheriffs Office live crime feed. It is the same feed used for the Sheriffs Office crime alert site, My Neighborhood. It too tells residents when and where crimes happen in Mobile County, but this one is free of advertisers.
Myles stated, "You have these other people that are going on and screen scrubbing your information system and stealing from you and turning around and selling it to other people, and we don't want to be a part of anything like that."
The office does not know how long the operator has ripped information off its feed, but has since then updated the sheriffs office site, blocking "Spot Crime" from classified and sensitive information according to Myles.
"There's quite a lot of private information on inmates for instance, their social security number and all of that. So we knew we wanted somebody that we already had a relationship with that built our system," said Myles.
Authorities said only the media, bondsmen, and law enforcement have access to the data base. They are simply narrowing their search for the third party culprit.
Local 15 reached out to "Spot Crime." They did not return calls or emails.