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Hackers crack police

Date: December 26, 2005
Source: THE STAR

Major police forces across Canada, including the RCMP, OPP and the Toronto force, are among thousands of law enforcement agencies and forensic investigators whose private and financial information may have been stolen this month in a hacker attack, a published report says.

Guidance Software, Inc., a private Pasadena, Calif., firm, said in a letter sent out to law enforcement agencies last week that thieves had raided its database sometime in November, stealing credit card numbers and in certain cases information such as addresses and telephone numbers for 3,800 customers.

Guidance makes EnCase, a suite of forensic investigation software that has become the standard tool used by computer crime units of police, insurance companies, banks and private computer forensics specialists.

The RCMP, the OPP and the Toronto police are among Canadian agencies that say they received letters from Guidance informing them that their units' confidential information had been exposed. Guidance became aware of the breach Dec. 7, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
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