An electronic system set up last month by the U.S. Department of Defense to help overseas soldiers and other military personnel and contractors cast ballots in U.S. elections lacks security safeguards, critics say.
Hackers have compromised databases belonging to LexisNexis and stolen information on at least 32,000 people, according to a statement Wednesday from LexisNexis' parent company, Reed Elsevier PLC. The hackers stole passwords, names, addresses, Social Security and drivers license numbers of legitimate customers of the company's Seisint division. Seisint collects data on individuals that is used by law enforcement and private companies for debt recovery, fraud detection and other services.
Although financial institutions with offices in the destroyed World Trade Center issued statements Wednesday that operations are continuing and data has been thoroughly backed up, the global financial market is likely to remain topsy-turvy as shaken investors trade stocks at a rapid clip and consumer confidence further slips with possible long-range ramifications, a leading market analyst said Wednesday.