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by Art Jahnke

LexisNexis Hack Could Be Linked to Paris Hilton Hack

May 20, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

A computer break-in at database giant LexisNexis Group may be linked to members of a group of young hackers involved in the theft of revealing photos and celebrity contact numbers from the cell phone of hotel heiress Paris Hilton, according to a report in the Washington Post.  The Post reports that federal investigators have seized computers from several individuals across the country as part of a nationwide investigation of the LexisNexis breach, in which the intruders gained access to 310,000 personal records, and that they are investigating whether the suspects used e-mail pretending to contain child pornography to fool people into downloading software capable of capturing passwords and other information needed to infiltrate LexisNexis’s computers. Read more in the Washington Post.