Wednesday, March 02, 2005

ChoicePoint Had Theft Case Before

A San Francisco Chronicle story indicates that ChoicePoint's recent security blunder was not the first.

"Two Nigerian-born siblings were arrested in 2002 on charges of tapping into ChoicePoint Inc.'s vast database of personal information, a security breach similar to one announced by the data warehouser last month, a newspaper reported Wednesday. A company spokesman said he did not know if the problem was made public. Bibiana Benson, 39, and her brother, Adedayo Benson, 38, gained access to at least 7,000 people and used their identities to buy at least $1 million in merchandise, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing court documents."

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