A data breach at a third-party contractor for the Irish National Police has exposed the records of seized vehicles. The breach, which was discovered in late October 2023, affected over 150,000 vehicles.

The database contained records from numerous private towing and storage companies acting as private contractors on behalf of Garda Síochána also known as the Irish national police service.

The records included notices of automobile seizure as well as destruction notices, release documents, scanned identification documents, insurance investigation inquiries, certificates of vehicle registration, and other documentation relevant to the detention of a vehicle.

Additionally, there were spreadsheets and monthly reports that included vehicle and registration information, names of vehicle owners, contractor information, and other potentially sensitive data. The total number of documents was 521,043 with a total size of 271.8 GB.

The exposed data includes vehicle registration numbers, make and model, VIN numbers, and the dates and reasons for seizure. The breach also exposed the names and contact information of the vehicle owners.

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The Irish National Police has said that it is investigating the data breach and is working to notify the affected vehicle owners. The police have also said that they are taking steps to improve their data security measures.