From bad to worse

By David
April 12, 2005

If you were thinking that the controversy over recent large-scale data breaches and identity theft was settling down into a nice orderly policy debate, think again:

LexisNexis Data on 310,000 People Feared Stolen

NEW YORK/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Data broker LexisNexis said Tuesday that personal information may have been stolen on 310,000 U.S. citizens, or 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 […]

SOURCE: Reuters

It’s a safe bet that this will be a topic of discussion at tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.