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by Dave Gradijan

Man Charged With Downloading Physicians Database

Jul 26, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

A North Carolina man has been indicted for computer intrusion for allegedly downloading information on more than 80,000 members of the American College of Physicians (ACP), according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

William Bailey Jr., 46, of Charlotte, N.C., is accused of gaining unauthorized access to a computer at the physicians college in Philadelphia and downloading the membership database, according to the release. He runs a North Carolina business that sells such databases to those who want to market to doctors and other professionals.

Before accessing the database, a visitor to the ACP website is presented with an agreement that prohibits the downloading or reselling of the data, after which one is directed to click on “I accept,” the release states.

“As the indictment alleges, the defendant was not an ACP member, knew he couldn’t gain access to the database and download the information that he wanted, so he ignored the stop signs and the law,” U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan said in the release.

Bailey could be given up to 55 years in prison and $2.75 million in fines if he is convicted, according to the Justice Department.

Compiled by Dave Gradijan

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