LexisNexis hackers: Who are they, why did they do it?

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Earlier this month, federal agents carried out searches in at least two states as part of an investigation into the theft of Social Security numbers and other personal information from database giant LexisNexis.

Secret Service and FBI agents executed a search warrant in Minnesota, and FBI agents conducted 10 searches in Northern California.

No arrests have been made in connection with the searches.

LexisNexis disclosed in March that hackers had gained access to the personal files of as many as 32,000 people. The company has since increased its estimate of those affected to 310,000.

Wired News senior reporter Kim Zetter recently talked with three of the people being investigated for stealing data from LexisNexis.

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