LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Anne Arundel County Police Department is apologizing after hackers posted racist messages on the department’s Twitter account as well as that of Chief Kevin Davis.

The department says the accounts were compromised sometime between July 23 and 24. The messages have since been deleted.

The tweets included a link that directed followers to a nefarious website. Authorities are urging users to not click on the accompanying links.

The department says it is working to correct the problem and taking steps to ensure future hacks do not occur.

Anne Arundel County Police Department Statement

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.

Once again, we sincerely apologize. Our goal is to continue to use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to provide timely, intriguing and specific information. If the Twitter accounts @AACOPD or @ChiefKevinDavis ever send you a message, it will be specific with a name attached.

Thanks for your understanding and thank you to all of the concerned followers who advised us of this issue.

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