CLINTON (WATE) – Anderson County government officials and the sheriff’s office are investigating a possible computer security breach.

County Law Director Jay Yeager sent a memo to all elected officials, school system employees, school board members, veterans service members and county contractors that there had been a “potential system-wide breach” of the main courthouse server. Yeager says about 1,800 people have been notified they may be affected.

“We’re hoping the breach has been stopped obviously and it doesn’t keep spreading,” said District 2 County Commissioner Rick Meredith.

While the extent of the possible breach is not yet known, it could include information like Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, payroll information, bank accounts, routing numbers and more. The county is taking preventative steps to avoid future breaches and is working on identity protection for those who might have been impacted.

“Everyone is taking it very seriously,” said Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank.