Hacker accesses Luxottica Retail employee information

A hacker accessed the Luxottica Retail computer mainframe and downloaded the personal data of thousands of former employees.

How many victims? 59,000.

What type of personal information? Names, addresses and Social Security numbers.

Details: Investigators were allegedly able to trace the hacker’s IP address to Molly Burns, of Glendale, Ariz.

The 30-year-old has a five-page long arrest record that includes theft, forgery and drug charges. Police confiscated a number of computers from her apartment during a heroin raid this summer.

Burns is currently on the run and Warren County authorities said that three different police departments in Arizona are also looking for her.

What was the response? The case is expected to be handed over to the FBI soon. The company sent letters to all the former employees letting them know what happened.

Quote: "Basically, we have potential victims in all 50 states,” Warren County Cyber Crimes Task Force Lt. Jeff Braley said.

Source:, WLWT Cincinnati’s Channel 5, “Thousands At Risk After Hacker Breaches Computer Mainframe,” Nov. 24, 2008.

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