Non-public database abuse



There is an interesting story at the SecurityFix on an individual who has been sentenced for using access to non-public LexisNexis searching to do background checks on, among other’s police who she though was investigating her for prostitution.


From the article…

Many people might assume that only cops can look up this type of information, but Smith was granted access to the database by virtue of her job as a bill collector for the Center for Medicaid Services, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.

She was making about $3,000 a night in her sideline… and tried to stay one step ahead of those that might investigate her by using her access to the LexisNexis search capabilities. Again from the article…

According to court documents, Smith spotted a post to the Yahoo! group “kchourlyfriends” about Kansas City police Sgt. Brad Dumit, and decided to run a background check on him in hopes of figuring out what types of undercover names Dumit might have used. She also looked up information on another prostitute she believed was cooperating with law enforcement, according to the documents.

I wonder how many others that have access to these kinds of searches use them for things outside of their legitimate work? A little information can be a powerful thing.

The press release on the charges puts it this way… “Federal Employee Sentenced for Computer Hacking to Promote Prostitution”. I don’t know if I’d go as far as to call it “computer hacking” if she had access to the database for legitimite work and misused that access for personal benefit.

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • Froogle Local price comparisons I noticed that the googleblog had a note today about some improvements to Froogle that have been rolled out. I have noticed recently that some products were "clustered" with price descriptions of (from $22-$49) or something, which when clicked would show you the exact same item at multiple places (more......
  • Google Video Player? There's a zdnet article that seems to indicate that Google may be close to releasing a standalone video player. Currently videos.google.com uses a plugin that's called google video viewer. The above article gives some interesting information and a good bit of speculation. The speculation is that they will release vlc......
  • Another Debian server security breach According to this story, there has been another compromise of a debian project server. (Is this the third in the last year?)... the Alioth webserver was offline most of the 5th of September... It was simply stopped because we discovered that some script kiddies were running an IRC proxy. After......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • Several Useful Pointers From The Web Designer Within Leicester web design malaysia is about bringing in all the business as feasible. A user-friendly website that contains relevant, reader-friendly information on services and products offered can assist you to extend your achieve promptly and cost-effectively. You might get an edge over the competitors if you create smart web design malaysia......
  • Picking Out A Good Web Host For Your Site Selecting the right web host can make or break your website. This is because the hosting service that is responsible for your website acts like its foundation. In order to have a longer term web presence and make sure that you visitors enjoy their time on your website, you have......
  • Increase Free Publicity Through Article Submission In case you are searching to realize exposure and broaden traffic to your web site, there is a terrific new alternative to unfold the phrase about your new spot on the world large web. Article submission directory is among the best, free alternate options to promote your business. The bottom......
PDF24    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts


See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Search:
Keywords:
Amazon Logo

Comments are closed.


Switch to our mobile site