screengrab of hacked police department accounts sending messages to a Twitter follower. Tweet on the top included racially explicit word that has been redacted.
(WUSA9) -- The Anne Arundel County Police Department confirms that two of its Twitter accounts were compromised overnight.
Police officials say @ChiefKevinDavis and @AACOPD were hacked and ask anyone who received any inbox messages from either account, not to open them and to delete them immediately.
In a statement released on Wednesday, officials said, "We sincerely apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We are working to correct this problem and ensure that it doesn't happen again. Let this also serve as a lesson that not even law enforcement agencies are immune to identity theft and hackers. Change your passwords frequently and be sure that they are something complex. In addition, NEVER open emails or direct messages from unknown sources or where the message appears to be suspicious or unexpected. These types of short messages, like 'Look at this picture of you' 'How is this possible' etc... are telltale signs of bad links."
Officials say in the future if @AACOPD or @ChiefKevinDavis send you a message, then it will be specific with a name attached.