The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is a law agency based in Bernardino, California. The facility answers more than 1 million calls annually and offers assistance to over 2.1 million residents between its eight separate county stations and 14 patrol stations. Over 3,600 employees work for these offices. The Sheriff's Department just suffered from a data breach that exposed the office significantly.
Earlier this year, the police department detected unauthorized activity on its network. When that activity was detected, the department quickly began shutting down its network connection and called in security professionals to help resolve the issue. The office had a complete investigation, looking into the information, and determined that both personal and health-related information could have been lost in this breach.
The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department breach was first noted on April 7, 2023. The attackers involved were likely in the organization's data network shortly before April when the attack was noted. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department put up a notice about the data breach on its website on June 23, 2023.
We suspect that Bernardino residents had their data exposed in this breach and that thousands of separate individuals were put at risk by this data loss event.
The department didn't release any hard figures about how many files were impacted in this data breach. We suspect that thousands of different documents were accessed, but we don't have any figures.