Saturday, February 11, 2006

ChoicePoint Data Breach - Nigerian Sentenced

Nigerian national sentenced in ChoicePoint ID theft case This Mercury News story points to on bad guy who is no doubt one of many more involved in the gigantic Choicepoint data breach. That debacle exposed 145,000 people to potential identity theft. The bad guy in this case is a Nigerian national, named Olanatunji Oluwatosin, operating out of Beverly Hills. He has been ordered to pay restitution of $6.5 Million dollars and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

I'd rather see Choicepoint executives pay restitution while Oluwatosin does the jail time. Their weak system of vetting Choicepoint customers leads to this type of crime. Data brokers selling financial data of innocent people, making them potential crime victims of slick ID theives, operating out of Beverly Hills PO boxes - is a worse offense.

The $15 million fine imposed on Choicepoint by courts last month seem paltry for their part in this. (How about increasing Choicepoint fines by like amounts assessed against each bad guy prosecuted in the resulting identity theft cases?

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