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A milky hacker

Date: April 15, 2005
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: CCRC staff

ZAPOROZHYE, Ukraine (CCRC) - A worker of the Nizhegorodski milk plant, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, put information on his colleagues on the Internet, including data on their salaries. He was fined 400 Russian rubles (~$15) for infringing the right of inviolability of private life and personal secret.

According to the statement of the regional Office of Public Prosecutor, Leonid Gorbunov, 31, communications electrician of the Nizhegorodski milk plant, using the tool designed to pick passwords obtained illegal access to the computer network of the plant. As a result of hacking into the enterprise’s data base, the smart electrician got personal information on all plant personnel, including addresses, phone numbers, dates of appointments and wages.

Leonid placed the given data at a website "Virtual labor union" created by him. Especially, he focused attention on wages of the plant’s management. According to the given information, the salary of the chief financial officer of the plant amounted to 700,000 Russian rubles per month (~$26,500), chief executive - 500,000 Russian rubles (~$18,000), unit manager - 400,000 Russian rubles monthly (~$16,500). The salary of the electrician equaled 6,000 of Russian rubles or ~$250.

The site existed for about a month, till security service of the plant came upon it by chance. It was not hard to establish the founder of the website.

The identity thieves who stole passwords to tap personal data from information broker LexisNexis hacked the records of more than 300,000 Americans, the company disclosed on April 12, 2005.

That is 10 times what the company acknowledged when it first reported the thefts on March 9.

LexisNexis said it will notify all individuals involved, and it is offering free credit bureau reports, credit monitoring for one year and fraud insurance.

The announcement by London-based Reed Elsevier, which owns LexisNexis, indicates that security problems in the industry are more widespread than first thought.

The company said that it had uncovered 59 cases in which unauthorized persons “using IDs and passwords of legitimate customers” fraudulently acquired personal identifying data from its databases.

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