KYOTO – Kyoto Prefectural Police said Monday that 19 pages of investigative records, including personal information on crime victims, were accidentally leaked onto the Internet by one of its officers who had stored the data on a personal computer.
Officials said they have not found a way to delete the leaked data from the Internet.
According to the National Police Agency, it is possibly the first time police investigation records had been leaked on the Internet.
The records, some of which had the names and addresses on about 11 individuals, including victims of thefts, contained documents related to the issuance of warrants, investigation reports and evidence analyses.
Kyoto police said they have contacted the 11 people to explain what happened.
The documents also included files on several nonexistent people that the officer created to practice compiling investigation reports, according to Kyoto police.
All the records were produced around 2002 and stored on the officer’s private PC at a police box.
The officer is believed to have used file-sharing software, and the data could have been leaked from the hard disk after the computer was infected with a virus when he connected it to the Internet at home, police said.
Computer experts say it is effectively impossible to eliminate data leaked via file-sharing software.
The officer, whose name was not revealed, has denied leaking the records intentionally, according to Kyoto police.
The officer was allowed to use the private PC for duties.