Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Trial Begins Against Accused Hacker

An AP newswire article, via InternetWeek, reports that:

Four Acxiom Corp. employees told jurors Tuesday about their discovery that the database-management company's computer system had been penetrated, and how they responded.

The group testified as federal prosecutors opened their case against a Florida man accused of hacking into Acxiom Corp.'s system and downloading credit card numbers and other personal information.

Scott Levine, former chief executive of the bulk e-mail firm Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., faces 144 counts from a July 2004 indictment in what prosecutors described as one of the largest computer crime cases ever. Levine is accused of stealing 8.2 gigabytes of information from Acxiom, one of the world's largest database companies. The violations occurred from around April 2002 to August 2003.

The data included names, home addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, bank, and credit card numbers involving millions of individuals. But prosecutors determined that no identity fraud was committed. There was, however, a sale of information to a marketing company, prosecutors say.


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