Sussex Police is investigating security breaches of its external website over the Christmas period.
Three breaches have been identified within a contained area of the website and could possibly be linked.
Amaraghosha Carter, the joint head of IT for Surrey and Sussex police forces, said, “A full investigation is underway to identify the source of the breaches and their impact.
“Those responsible have obtained email addresses of a number of officers and personal email addresses of some members of the public who have used the services of our website.
“Communications staff have contacted around 270 people who may have been affected, in particular to give them security advice in relation to their passwords for our community messaging service.
“Our website is entirely separate to those systems used to investigate crime.
“The activity has not impacted on any other force IT, web or telephony systems and operational response is unaffected.
“ There has been no impact on our service to the public. Measures are being put in place to ensure that the security of the website is not compromised further.
“Work is being carried out to ensure that all our IT systems remain resilient and secure and an investigation is under way to find those responsible.”
Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Sussex Police urgently.
And if anyone has any concerns they should contact Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 1483 of 23/12.