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Thursday, April 14, 2005
  Double Doh!
LexisNexis May Have Had Earlier Breach: "A LexisNexis executive said Wednesday there may have been an earlier breach of consumers' personal data that was never reported to the public.

The disclosure at a Senate hearing came a day after London-based Reed Elsevier, which owns LexisNexis, revealed that criminals may have breached computer files containing the personal information of 310,000 people since January 2003. That in itself was a tenfold increase over the 32,000 people the company said in March were put at risk. The company said the fraud involved the improper use of IDs and passwords.

'I believe there may have been a security breach in LexisNexis prior to 2003 that involved personal data and we did not make notice,' Kurt Sanford, LexisNexis' president and chief executive for U.S. corporate and federal markets, said in response to questioning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Sanford gave no details. LexisNexis spokesman Sean C. McCabe said later that Sanford was referring to more than one past breach, but he could provide no information about how many there were, when they took place or how serious they were."
 
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