LexisNexis Reports Customer ID Theft

March 10, 2005

Reed Elsevier today announced that LexisNexis, its global legal and business information business, has identified a number of incidents of potentially fraudulent access to information about U.S. individuals at its recently acquired Seisint unit.

Information on approximately 32,000 individuals may have been fraudulently accessed in these incidents, according to officials. They said the information accessed includes names, addresses, social security and drivers’ license numbers, but not credit history, medical records or financial information.

The incidents arose from the misappropriation by third parties of IDs and passwords from legitimate customers. LexisNexis has notified law enforcement authorities and is proactively assisting in law enforcement investigations of these incidents. LexisNexis is also working with customers to enhance security procedures.

The news comes following last month’s reports of a security breach at another data warehouser, ChoicePoint Inc.

LexisNexis said its incidents were identified as part of an ongoing review of the verification, authorization and security procedures.

LexisNexis said it will be notifying all the individuals concerned and providing them with ongoing credit monitoring.

LexisNexis products that use U.S. public and non-public records provide fraud detection and identity authentication for law enforcement, homeland security, commercial and legal customers.

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