The LA Times, via Yahoo! News, is reporting that ChoicePoint's data was compromised before 2002 in a very similar way, with virtually no publicity:
Yahoo! News - ChoicePoint Had Earlier Data Leak:
"Scammers penetrated ChoicePoint Inc.'s vast online database of personal records five years ago in an operation similar to a more recent case that has triggered a national furor over privacy, court records show.
Two Nigerian-born fraud artists were arrested in Los Angeles in 2002 by federal officials who charged that the pair used ChoicePoint to gain access to confidential information about at least 7,000 people and possibly many more, resulting in at least $1 million in losses...."