BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A nationwide cyber attack on law enforcement agencies has hit the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the office announced today.

Sheriff’s officials were notified late Friday that “we were part of a broad scheme to hack into law enforcement databases and release publicly the personal information of law enforcement personnel in many areas of the country,” according to a statement released this afternoon by the sheriff’s office. “We have confirmed that our data was accessed.”

The sheriff’s office has taken steps internally to protect its personnel, the statement said. “Our identity theft and computer forensic units are working with federal authorities to identify and apprehend those responsible.”