Search warrants executed in probe of LexisNexis records breach

[JURIST] Nine individuals have been served search warrants as part of the federal investigation into the theft of over 300,000 personal records [JURIST report] taken during a digital break-in of LexisNexis Inc. [corporate website] disclosed earlier this year. Personal computers and discs were removed from several locations including the homes of individuals involved in the breach. A law enforcement source confirmed that the break-in began when hackers sent out a surge of emails containing a virus, which allowed them to record the keystrokes typed by all recipients of the junk mail. One police officer opened the infected mail and later logged onto the police department's Accurint [corporate website] account, a LexisNexis service provided by acquired subsidiary Seisint Inc. [LexisNexis press release on acquisition of Seisint], which provides access to consumer data. The Washington Post has more.



 

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