Monday, May 4, 2009

LexisNexis loses 32,000 from 2004 to 2007!

I normally shy away from posting data breach notices. After all there are so many that we can be inured to the severity of each one. I posted this because while we debate how bad identity theft is thieves are having a field day at our collective expense. And it took two years for the notification to the potential victims to take place! Wake up folks! You cannot prevent these breaches. Be proactive and avail yourselves of a professional identity theft service that provides you with access to attorneys, and restoration from all types of ID theft. Databases are hacked routinely across the world, and by international crime rings. One of my favorite quotes is. "You have to participate in your own rescue." Go to the link to the I've been Mugged column in my links section for a very good article on this particular breach.

LexisNexis has notified tens of thousands that their personal information was exposed in a database security breach, reports the Associated Press. On Friday, the company sent letters to 32,000 people whose information is contained in the LexisNexis database and may have been accessed by fraudsters. Thieves accessed the data between 2004 and 2007 by breaking into the mailboxes of businesses that contained LexisNexis database information, the AP report states. Postal authorities have contacted about 300 of those affected to let them know the perpetrators, former LexisNexis customers, set up fake credit cards using their information. Full Story

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