MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The website of the Vermont Sheriffs Association was breached and the names of addresses of some members were stolen, the head of the association said Thursday.
Association President Bill Bohynak, the Orange County sheriff, said no dates of birth or financial information was lost.
He estimates just over 100 names were taken.
“We want to make sure that citizens are aware that this happened,” Bohynak said.
The sheriff’s association is separate from the sheriff’s departments, which provide law enforcement and other services. It’s role is to support the sheriffs’ programs, such as those that combat drug abuse or to provide scholarships for people going into public service careers.
Bohynak said he learned of the breach on Wednesday. He did not know the technical details of how the breach occurred.
The web designer shut down the affected website after learning of the breach.
The association was in the process of building a new website, which replaced the site that was breached and is now what is online.
The breach is being investigated by law enforcement.