Lexis Nexis data theft impacts the privacy of 32,000 US citizens
Similar to the Choicepoint.com data theft last month, Lexis Nexis is an information management company that experienced a recent security breach. This second major incident impacts 32,000 US citizens, as highly sensitive and entrusted personal information was obtained by hackers.
Quotes: NEW YORK — Using misappropriated passwords and identifications from legitimate customers, intruders got access to personal information on as many as 32,000 U.S. citizens in a database owned by Lexis-Nexis, the company's corporate parent said today.
U.S. federal and company investigators were looking into the breach at Seisint, which was recently acquired by Lexis Nexis and includes millions of personal files for use by such customers as police and legal professionals. And the FBI and the Secret Service are both investigating the breach.
Information accessed included names, addresses, Social Security and driver's licence numbers, but not credit history, medical records or financial information, corporate parent Reed Elsevier Group PLC said in a statement.