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Choicepoint.com - Hackers impact 000's of Californians


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#1 harrywaldron

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 02:33 PM

Choicepoint believes most of the exposure is limited to California. The fraud was committed by hackers who impersonated official business or government representatives, rather than a true network based break-in to the private data bases. Still, everyone should monitor their credit and financial statements carefully at all times as identity theft continues to grow as a crime.

Choicepoint.com - Hackers impact 000's of Californians

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6969799/
http://www.ktvu.com/money/4202519/detail.html
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=21278
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/02/16/...ain674526.shtml

ChoicePoint, which has data on virtually every US citizen, handed over names, addresses, Social Security numbers, credit reports and other information in what is being considered a 'low tech' fraud. The outfit aggregates and sells such personal information to government agencies and private companies. According to MSN, the company has written to 30,000 people in California telling them to check their credit history to see if they have been the victims of ID theft.

The bottom line: Security ain't about technology alone :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 February 2005 - 10:40 AM

Choicepoint.com - Data theft affects 145,000 nationwide
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6979897/

Feb. 16, 2005 NEW YORK - Database giant ChoicePoint said late Wednesday that 145,000 consumers nationwide were placed at risk by a recent data theft at the company. Previously, the company had suggested the theft only affected California residents.

Atlanta-based ChoicePoint maintains and sells background files on virtually every adult American, culled from millions of public and private records. Last week, the firm sent some 35,000 letters to California residents telling them their personal data may have been stolen by criminals who set up fake companies and downloaded information from ChoicePoint.

California is the only state that by law requires disclosure of such data leaks, and ChoicePoint initially suggested the theft of information might be limited to that state. Lee said ChoicePoint decided to widen the notification after meeting with law enforcement officials on Wednesday. An additional 110,000 letters will be mailed in the coming days, he said.




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