Bulk mailer faces criminal charges

Thursday, 22 July 2004, 7:34 AM EST

Scott Levine, 45, of Boca Raton was indicted by a federal grand jury in Arkansas for allegedly breaking into Acxiom's servers and downloading 8.2 gigabytes of data in what the U.S. Justice Department called one of "the largest cases of intrusion of personal data to date." Acxiom, based in Little Rock, Ark., operates the world's largest repository of consumer data and counts as customers major banks, credit card companies, insurers and the U.S. government.

A 31-page indictment released Wednesday says that Levine, who ran Snipermail.com, and one or more conspirators accessed an Acxiom server used for file transfers and downloaded an encrypted password file called ftpsam.txt in early 2003. Then they ran an unnamed cracking utility on the ftpsam.txt file, were able to discover 40 percent of the passwords, and used those accounts to download even more sensitive information, the indictment says.

By Declan McCullagh at ZDNet.

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