Hacker Held

August 12, 2003  - posted at 7:32 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  --Ohio authorities are holding a man accused of hacking into several companies' computer systems -- including Acxiom.

The suspect -- 24-year-old Daniel Baas -- is awaiting a court hearing in Cincinnati. He is being held on four counts of unauthorized use of property. One of the charges accuses Baas of using encrypted passwords to illegally obtain information from Acxiom, one of the world's largest database companies.

His attorney, Timothy Smith of Cincinnati, says Baas plans to plead innocent. A police report states that Baas illegally entered the Little Rock-based company's servers on December 10th.

Baas has been in police custody since he was arrested August first on two charges that he stole information from his former employer, Market Intelligence Group. He was indicted Friday on charges that he hacked into that company's computers last August and in April.

Acxiom said last week that a computer hacker gained access to its private files and was able to download sensitive information about some of its clients' customers.

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