Monday, September 05, 2005

ITEC 6324 Posting for the week of 9/5/05


Scott Levine was convicted this week in what Federal prosecutors said was one of the biggest known cases of data theft. Mr. Levine was convicted on 120 counts of theft by computer, two counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. The focus of Mr. Levine's crime was Acxiom Corporation.

Under federal law, each theft count carries a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine while each fraud counts could result in 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The obstruction count could bring a 20-year sentence and a $250,000 fine.

The twist in this case was that Mr. Levine committed the crime not with the intention of using the cred card and checking account numbers for identity theft, but to pump up the value of his bulk email company (Snipermail). Snipermail is out of business and Mr. Levine faces almost two centuries of jail time.

Rob Hiltbrand

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