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LexisNexis database hacker jailed

A US man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit computer fraud and identity theft has been sentenced to one year's imprisonment by a Florida law court. 

Justin A Perras was one of five co-defendants who admitted hacking into computers at information management and workflow solutions provider LexisNexis.
 
The computers were accessed using Trojan horses and social engineering tricks, in order to make unauthorised entries into the company's Accurint database, which is used by law enforcement agencies amongst others. 

Perras was sentenced to one year in prison, followed by three years supervised release and 100 hours of community service. 

The other defendants were sentenced in December 2006 for their roles in the conspiracy, and between them must pay LexisNexis $105,750 (£55,650) in compensation. 

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at internet security firm Sophos, said, "The case demonstrates the value of swiftly reporting any network intrusions to the appropriate authorities, however it's likely that with Accurint, the fact that it was used by law enforcement agencies gave the US secret service an extra spring in its step in tracking down the perpetrators."

The five culprits have been banned from using computers following their crimes.

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