Scott Levine, of Boca Raton, Fla., has been convicted ofstealing more than 1.5 billion data files in what federal officialsbelieve may be the largest case of intrusion of personal data todate. Levine, who ran a bulk e-mail service, was found guilty ofbreaking into the computer records of Acxiom Corp., which managespersonal, financial, and corporate data, resulting in losses ofmore than $7 million. The 144-count indictment included charges ofconspiracy, unauthorized access of a protected computer, accessdevice fraud, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. Jurorsacquitted Levine of the money-laundering and conspiracycharges.

The Sheriff's Office in Hamilton County, Ohio, was investigatinga different security breach at Acxiom when they discovered theintrusion by computers at Levine's Company.

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