West Memphis Police Department’s computer network compromised

The FBI is investigating a Mid-South police officer suspected of accessing fellow officers’ personal information.

West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert confirmed Monday an internal investigation underway, and the FBI is investigating, after the security of the department’s computer network was apparently compromised two weeks ago.

“We had information that somebody had used a computer that shouldn’t have used it,” Paudert said.

Paudert said the suspect in the breach was a detective in the police department. The suspect, who Paudert would not name, has been terminated.

According to Paudert, files containing the names and social security numbers of police department employees were stored on the computer network, making the employees vulnerable to identity theft.

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