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LexisNexis ID Breach Worse Than Thought


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April 12, 2005

LONDON — Publisher and data broker Reed Elsevier Group PLC said Tuesday that up to 10 times as many people as originally thought may have had their profiles stolen from one of its U.S. databases.

The company reported last month that intruders may have accessed personal details of 32,000 people via a breach of its legal and business information service LexisNexis' recently acquired Seisint unit. It now says that figure is closer to 310,000 people.

The breach, discovered during internal checking procedures of customers' accounts, is being investigated by U.S. law enforcement authorities.

Information accessed included names, addresses, Social Security and driver license numbers, but not credit history, medical records or financial information, the Anglo-Dutch group said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

"LexisNexis is notifying all these individuals and is offering free support services, including credit bureau reports, credit monitoring for one year and fraud insurance, to monitor and protect them from possible fraud associated with identity theft," the company said.

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Yup. Our government seems not to care at all about our privacy.

Risk of identity theft soars, Reuters, Apr 13 2005

"Data broker LexisNexis said on Tuesday that personal information may have been stolen on 310,000 US citizens — nearly 10 times the number found in a data breach announced last month.

An investigation by the firm's Anglo-Dutch parent Reed Elsevier determined that its databases had been fraudulently breached 59 times using stolen passwords, leading to the possible theft of personal information such as addresses and Social Security numbers.

LexisNexis, which said in March that 32,000 people had been potentially affected by the breaches, will notify an additional 278,000 individuals whose data may have been stolen.

Of the initial group contacted, only 2 per cent asked the company to conduct an investigation of their credit records.

LexisNexis has found no cases of identity theft, such as using a stolen Social Security number to apply for a credit card.

"We need to write to them and offer the same kind of support and investigation we offered the original 32,000," a Reed Elsevier representative said.

"Of the original group, it's somewhat encouraging that none of them has suffered identity theft."

Law enforcement authorities are assisting the company's investigations, which coincide with a rash of similar break-ins at other companies handling consumer data.

Reed Elsevier moved to soothe investors' fears by reaffirming its earnings forecasts, saying the financial implications of the breach were expected to be manageable within the context of LexisNexis' overall growth.

Its shares were down about 1 per cent in London and Amsterdam.

"The news dropped into a thin market, so that dampens the stock. But the firm reiterated its targets and seems to have things under control, so we don't expect big consequences," asset manager Lex Werkheim, at Dutch broker Eureffect, said."


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