Data broker ChoicePoint took a $6m (£3.4m) hit in the second quarter as a result of an identity theft scam earlier...
ChoicePoint, which specialises in selling credit rating information on citizens to third parties, lost data on 145,000 Americans after identity thieves set up a fake credit-checking agency.
The $6m charge comes on top of the $5.4m ChoicePoint spent on communicating with individuals affected by the identity thefts, legal fees and other professional services.
The second quarter charge reduced the company's operating profits to $58.9m from $59.5m in the same quarter last year.
Profits would have been $64.9m without the charge, said the company.
ChoicePoint’s sales went up 15% to $266m.