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Cops have Snipermail man in sights

Big Hack Spammer Charged
Fri Jul 23 2004, 08:07
THE OWNER of a spam email company has been charged with the largest data theft 'in history'.

Scott Levine, 45, of Arkansas, who runs Snipermail, has been charged with using his company's network links with data aggregator Acxiom to nick data from them.

Acxiom has information about virtually every adult in America. It also manages data for major banks, insurers, direct marketers, the credit bureau TransUnion and others. It also does all the screening for the Department of Homeland Security.

According to the Washington Post prosecutors filed a 139-count indictment against Levine. They claim he secretly downloaded millions of names, e-mail and home addresses and other details. They are using the phrase the largest database theft in ‘living memory' to describe the crime. We assume that is a bit of an understatement as there were no databases before the 1940s to steal data so it must be the largest data theft in history.

Levine's hack was not that difficult, all he did was 'misuse a legitimate password and user name' while working for a company who did business for Acxiom. He then flogged it to other spammers.

Since the thefts, company officials said they have upgraded security systems. µ


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