• United States



by Paul Kerstein

Hacker Guilty in Massive Data Theft Case

Aug 16, 20051 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Scott Levine and his defunct e-mail marketing firm, Snipermail.comInc., were found guilty of stealing more than 1.6 billion customerrecords by hacking Acxiom Corp. servers. Infoworldreports that he was convicted of 120 counts of unauthorized access of aprotected computer, two counts of access device fraud, and one count ofobstruction of justice. Harsher penalties on hackers are getting morebacking from the U.S. Department of Justice, as was illustrated by astatement from Deputy Assistant Attorney General Laura Parsky when shesaid in a public statement, “Those who steal private information canexpect to be aggressively investigated and brought to justice.” Acxiomwas also happy with the verdict, which sends a clear message thatcybercrime will not be tolerated. Read more.