new paris news, paris tx 22 june 1984 pg 5
Hackers get computer code for credit rating bureau LOS ANGELES (AP) Armed Armed with a stolen code posted on ah "electronic bulletin board," computer hackers tried to enter the data banks of the nation's largest credit rating bureau to cash in on other people's good credit, company company officials said Thursday. "We found out about that (stolen) code a couple weeks ago, and the code is no longer valid," said Geri Schanz of TRW's Information Information Services Division in Orange, an Orange County community 30 miles south of Los Angeles. The company keeps credit and other personal information on about 90 million Americans. An informant told TRW of the access code's theft from a TRW subscriber, a Sears, Roebuck & Co. store in Sacramento, she said. It isn't known when the theft occurred. "We were advised (by TRW) that someone had access to the code and that it was in the wrong hands and that the password was being changed," said Sears spokesman Ernie Arms in Chicago. The thieves didn't keep the multi-digit password to themselves, Ms. Schanz said. It was posted on "an electronic bulletin board, so people with personal computers could have had access to it," she said. With the code, thieves could break into TRW's records and glean information, information, she said. Individuals' credit and work histories, delinquencies delinquencies and bankruptcies, Social Security numbers and family members' names are contained in the TRW files, Ms. Schanz said. The hackers could have used "someone's good credit history" to apply for credit cards, running up bills in that person's name — "basically, trying to commit credit fraud," she said. It was not known whether any break-ins occurred, occurred, and no evidence of credit fraud has been found, Ms. Schanz said. On Thursday, the Long Island, N.Y., newspaper Newsday quoted unidentified unidentified sources in the computer computer underground as saying saying TRW accounts and passwords remain available to the hacker network. The sources, including people Newsday said illegally illegally entered the TRW system, told the paper that some intruders used TRW files to find out how much credit was available on stolen credit-card numbers. That would allow a thief using a stolen number to steal goods by mail or telephone order to know when he had used up credit on the number.