LexisNexis warns of breach after alleged mafia bust

Information broker LexisNexis has warned more than 13,000 consumers, saying that a Florida man who is facing charges in an alleged mafia racketeering conspiracy may have accessed some of the same sensitive consumer databases that were once used to track terrorists.

Lee Klein, 39, of Boynton Beach, Florida, was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice in May following an undercover sting operation that netted 11 suspects from an alleged South Florida crew of the Bonanno crime family.

On Friday, the office of the New Hampshire Attorney General posted a letter that LexisNexis sent out to consumers last month, warning that Klein may have used his access to LexisNexis’ Seisint databases “in order to perpetrate certain crimes.”

Read more of Bob McMillan’s report on Network World.

Update 1, July 14: Yes, I am aware that the letter has been removed from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s web site. I am waiting to hear back from them as to why they have removed that public record.

Update 2, July 14: According to an official in the Attorney General’s office, due to ongoing investigations, the letter was removed for the time being.

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