TOMS RIVER - A breach in a server at the Toms River Police Department places information of about 3,700 people at risk of exposure.

According to Chief Mitch Little, the hacked server is attached to the department's Spillman database, which serves nearly 2,000 law-enforcement units throughout the United States. He said that database was not compromised, but that some uploaded, attached documents were at risk.

The matter came to light on August 2, when the computer-assisted dispatch server ceased normal funcitons and, then, didn't restart.

Investigations continued through September 7, to identify the documents and the people to whom they referred. The township is contacting each potentially compromised individual.

Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little (Tom Mongelli, Townsquare Media)

The department's complete statement follows.

"On August 2, 2017, the Township of Toms River ("Toms River") discovered that the Computer Assisted Dispatch server utilized by its Police Department was not operating properly and would not start upon reboot. Toms River immediately launched an investigation and retained third-party forensic experts to assist in the investigation and determine whether information on the server was potentially accessible to unknown individuals. While this server contains Toms River's Spillman database, the independent forensic investigation has determined that contents of the Spillman database was not subject to unauthorized access. However, the investigation did determine that certain documents that were uploaded to the server and attached to various case files were potentially subject to unauthorized access. Upon learning this, Toms River initiated a review of all potentially compromised documents. On September 7, 2017, after a lengthy programmatic and manual review, Toms River determined the types of protected information contained in the documents and to which individuals the information relates, and immediately launched a review of its files to ascertain address information for the impacted individuals. Toms River will be mailing notices to the approximately 3,700 individuals whose information was contained in these potentially compromised documents."

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