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Lexis Nexis Database Case

Date: March 10, 2005
Source: CBS

Lexis Nexis says hackers commandeered one of its databases, gaining access to the personal files of as many as 32,000 people.

Federal and company investigators are looking into the security breach in the Seisint database, which was recently acquired by Lexis Nexis and includes millions of personal files for use by such customers as police and legal professionals.

Seisint also provides data for Matrix, a crime and terrorism database project funded by the U.S. government that has raised civil rights concerns.

Information accessed included names, addresses, Social Security and driver's license numbers, but not credit history, medical records or financial information, corporate parent Reed Elsevier Group PLC said in a statement.

"We sincerely regret the circumstances that were recently announced," Kurt Sanford, president and chief executive officer of Lexis Nexis corporate and federal markets, said in a statement.
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