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A Minnesota teenager suspected of hacking into the database of a LexisNexis subsidiary is believed to have accessed it using phony accounts set up through police departments in Florida and Texas, according to a search warrant. Authorities have been investigating how hackers obtained Social Security and driver’s license numbers belonging to tens of thousands of people. The information came from databases owned by Seisint Inc., a database company bought by LexisNexis Inc. in 2004. Investigators last week searched computers belonging to Maple Grove High School senior Zachary W. Mann, 18. Mann has not been charged. According to the affidavit from a Secret Service agent, someone created unauthorized accounts under the name of the sheriff’s department in Denton County, Texas, and the police department in Port Orange, Fla., and used them to log into the Seisint database. The affidavit says Secret Service agents traced one of the instances where the Seisint data was accessed to Mann. Using the screen name “majestic,” the affidavit said, he posted a long string of identifying information about an individual in a hacker chat room, apparently to impress other hackers. The date of the posts appeared to be January of this year. According to the affidavit, Mann’s parents discovered in November 2004 that he had been buying items online with stolen credit cards, mostly through eBay. “Mann � had the items he purchased shipped to addresses of local businesses; he would then call the business, claiming there had been a mix-up in shipping, and ask if he could come and pick up the item when it arrived,” according to the affidavit. The affidavit says Mann’s parents took him to Maple Grove police and turned over his computer equipment and handwritten notes. In an interview, Mann said he got stolen card numbers through hacker friends he met in chat rooms. A message left Friday at the Mann house was not immediately returned. His attorney, James Ventura, said the family did not want to comment. A LexisNexis spokesman did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the contents of the affidavit. LexisNexis reported the breach in March. It was discovered as part of a review following its acquisition of Seisint, which has databases that include millions of personal records. Records on as many as 310,000 people were involved, LexisNexis said. The Seisint case was the second infiltration at a large database provider in recent months. Rival ChoicePoint Inc. said in February that the personal information of 145,000 Americans may have been compromised by thieves posing as small business customers. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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